The continuously growing readmission rates within 30-days of discharge point toward compromising quality outcomes such as fragmented health care. The purpose of this project was to compare the effectiveness of pre-intervention traditional interdisciplinary rounds (IR)/ progression of care rounds (POCR) members, in comparison to the intervention of modified IR/POCR members, by adding a disease-specific educator (DSE) member to the team, as measured by the 30-day unplanned readmissions rate in patients discharged from a single cardiology unit in Galveston, Texas. A comparison of 30-day unplanned readmissions during two different timeframes was performed using the planned readmission tool. The Iowa model of evidence-based practice and the model of collaborative care supported the project. A comparative quantitative methodology was used to analyze the data. The final sample consisted of 50 (N = 50) patients discharged during the pre-intervention and 53 (N = 53) during post-intervention. The data was analyzed using descriptive statistics and an unpaired t-test. The pre-intervention IR/POCR team members period 30-day readmissions were 7 compared to 3 during the post-intervention IR/POCR team members. The standard deviation of pre-intervention IR/POCR and post-intervention was 3.95980 and 2.12132 respectively. The results show a significant value of 0.106 (95% CI, -1.04243 to 5.04243). The implementation of the DSE to the IR/POCR team assisted in identifying and closing the gap associated with quality patient outcomes and reduced 30-day unplanned readmission rates. Further research is needed due to a limited practice site.
|Commitee:||Armendariz-Batiste, Mary Josette|
|School:||Grand Canyon University|
|Department:||College of Nursing and Health Care Professions|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-B 79/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Nursing, Health care management|
|Keywords:||30-day unplanned readmissions, DSE, IR, Iowa model of evidence-based practice, Model of collaborative care, POCR|
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