Date of Graduation

Summer 8-17-2015

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

Abstract

Hypertension serves as a common diagnosis among Americans, and its management to prevent further cardiovascular complications remains as an organizational goal. To prevent complications, the goal of a Primary Care Provider’s patient panel maintaining a blood pressure less than 140/90 has been established on the organization’s national office. In the Primary Care Clinic, an interdisciplinary team consisting of a Registered Nurse, Clinical Psychologist, and Cardiologist implemented a group education class aimed at a Hypertensive Veteran cohort. The purpose of this project is to improve self-management behaviors in the Veteran population, and to help increase the hypertension performance metric by 2% one month after class implementation. Blood pressure readings were measured before and after the class, as well as the percentage of well-controlled hypertensive patients on the Primary Care Dashboard. Data collection revealed a 2.2% performance increase one month after the class implementation; this reflects an improvement in the Primary Care Provider’s ability to manage his hypertensive cohort, while also indicating an overall increase in the number of hypertensive patients whose systolic blood pressure was lower than 140 mmHg, and diastolic blood pressure lower than 90 mmHg.

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