Date of Graduation
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
School of Nursing and Health Professions
Francine J. Serafin-Dickson
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.
Cuenco, Isabella, "Reducing Inpatient Readmissions Through Early Follow-up Appointment Planning: A Quality Improvement Project" (2018). Master's Projects and Capstones. 855.