Date of Graduation

Fall 12-14-2018

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Francine J. Serafin-Dickson

Abstract

Problem: Inpatient readmissions have a highly negative impact on healthcare systems. Not only do these hospitalizations have a detrimental effect on patient outcomes they also are accompanied by a prohibitive financial burden to the hospitals.

Context: Follow-up appointment with a primary care provider after discharge has been demonstrated as a viable strategy to reduce the risk of readmissions.

Interventions: Create a volunteer program to schedule patient appointments with a primary care provider within seven days of discharge.

Measures and Results: Compare the number of patients that were discharged with a follow-up appointment after the intervention to before the intervention, and study the overall change in readmission rate.

Conclusions: Expected conclusion is that implementation of the project will lead to an increased rate of patients being discharged with a follow-up appointment, resulting in decreased readmissions.

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