Measuring the Effectiveness of Interactive Patient Education in Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates of Patients Diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure
Introduction •The leading cause of hospitalization in the United States is heart failure among adults 65 years of age. •One million patients are hospitalized every year with a primary diagnosis of heart failure, resulting in a Medicare expenditure exceeding $17 billion. •For every five patients admitted to a hospital with congestive heart failure (CHF), one patient will be readmitted within 30 days of discharge . •75 percent of early heart failure readmissions are preventable. •Medicare introduced the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program that became effective in 2012. • This program established financial penalties for greater than expected readmissions for primary diagnoses of heart failure, myocardial infarction, and pneumonia. •The Institute for Health Care Improvement (IHIC) believes these rates can be reduced with patient education and support for patient self-management. •The purpose of this study is to examine the effectiveness of an interactive patient education system (IPE), The GetWellNetwork, on reducing hospital readmission rates for patients diagnosed with CHF.
Colace, Melanie; Bongart, Carly; Walker, Kayla; Droxler, Alisha; Chen, Yuehhsia; and Bouchaud, Mary, "Measuring the Effectiveness of Interactive Patient Education in Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates of Patients Diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure" (2014). College of Nursing Posters. 14.
Presented at the 2014 Annual Research Symposium, Thomas Jefferson University