Barriers to Decreasing Hospital Readmission Rates for Chronic Disease Patients in North Dakota as Perceived by Primary Care Nurse Practitioners
AuthorWard, Megan Lynn
AdvisorDuBois, Janet C.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractPatients who have chronic diseases are often readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of being discharged. In the United States preventable hospital readmissions cost approximately $12-$17.4 billion annually. The Institute of Healthcare Improvement [IHI] has identified one key measure for reducing preventable readmissions and that is a timely post hospital follow-up visit. Although this seems to be a simple task, studies have revealed that as many as one-third of patients discharged from the hospital are not following up with their primary care provider. In North Dakota the percentages of patients with chronic diseases such as heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, type 2 diabetes, and pneumonia have steadily increased over the last several years. A North Dakota critical access hospital report revealed a high percentage of patients with a chronic disease are being readmitted within 30 days. Identifying barriers to care in North Dakota can help to reduce the rate of readmission within the state. This study seeks to identify perceived barriers as observed by primary care nurse practitioners to improve patient outcomes and reduce hospital readmission rates.
Degree ProgramGraduate College