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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
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
Geib, Madison and Loomis, Jo, "Utilizing Telehealth to Decrease Hospital Readmissions for Heart Failure Patients" (2023). DNP Qualifying Manuscripts. 81.