Date of Submission

Spring 3-23-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Jo Loomis

Second Advisor

Dupi Cogan



Background: Without proper education, heart failure (HF) is very difficult to manage. A lack of education and proper management of HF can lead to frequent hospital readmissions, decreased quality of life, and early morbidity and mortality.

Objective: Through literature review, this paper aims to identify the benefits of implementing telehealth education for HF patients in order to decrease hospital readmissions.

Methods: A range of relevant articles were analyzed and summarized in this literature review. An extensive literature search was performed and systematic reviews, meta-analyses, critically appraised research studies, qualitative, and peer-reviewed research studies were included.

Results: Ten articles met the requirements. Based on the literature, most studies favor the use of telehealth outpatient education, noticing a decrease in frequency of hospital readmissions, an increase in quality of life, and decreased healthcare cost.

Conclusion: Based on the literature, telehealth is recommended to manage HF and educate patients in the outpatient setting.

Implications for Nursing: Telehealth can be a simple, low cost, effective way to decrease HF readmissions. Future research should focus on the best way to implement telehealth and to consider other factors such as patient comorbidities.

Key Words: heart failure (HF), education, telehealth, readmission