Improving Patient Knowledge and Confidence in Implementing Physical Activity for Hypertension
AuthorRace, Alyssa Ann
AdvisorPacheco, Christy L.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractPurpose: The purpose of this DNP quality improvement project was to create an educational webinar to improve patient knowledge and confidence in managing hypertension by providing education over the disease process, techniques for adequate blood pressure measurements, and reasoning behind the importance of physical activity. Background: Hypertension is the top chronic condition diagnosed and managed within the primary care setting. Almost half of the adult American population are affected by hypertension, accounting for an estimated $131B in annual healthcare expenses. Only about 25% of the population has their blood pressure under control. Incorporating physical activity into management plan is an inexpensive and effective way to help control blood pressure. There is an estimated 100+ known hypertensive patients at James R. Brown, M.D., Inc. This practice recently introduced the use of technology, such as podcasts and social media, to educate patients at a safe distance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: Through collaboration with this primary care practice, a patient-focused educational webinar about hypertension was created. An email and social media post invited eligible patients to participate in this project. An online anonymous quantitative survey was used to evaluate the impact of the educational webinar on patient knowledge and confidence and use of technology for patient education. Results: The practice identified 30 eligible patients with hypertension to participate. The webinar was viewed 35 times, social media posts received 12 likes, and 4 patients attempted the survey. Only 3 participants completed the evaluation survey. The amount of participation was less than expected, but responses to knowledge-based questions improved after viewing the webinar and responses focused on satisfaction and increasing physical activity were positive. Conclusion: The low participation rate suggests this form of education through email and social media was new to the patient population at James R. Brown, M.D., Inc. The responses received showed positive impact in patient knowledge and confidence in hypertension management and the use of technology to promote patient education during the COVID-19 pandemic. The implementation of a webinar to promote patient education may lead to better control over blood pressure management in patients at the project site.
Degree ProgramGraduate College