Improving heart failure transitional care after hospital discharge: A quality improvement project

Janelle N. Akomah, Lynn Richards-McDonald, Diana-Lyn Baptiste


Background and objective: The burden of heart failure is growing, affecting more than 6 million Americans and an estimated of 26 million worldwide. Heart failure is the most common cause of hospital readmission in the United States and is identified as a marker of poor health outcomes. Thirty day readmission contribute to more than $30 billion dollars in health care expenditures, underscoring a need for the development and implementation of programs that reduce readmission and improve outcomes for individuals with heart failure. The purpose of this quality improvement project was to implement a heart failure education program to increase attendance to a transitional care clinic and reduce 30-day readmissions.

Methods: We included 22 individuals who received heart failure education, focused on symptom management and transitional care. Descriptive and statistical analyses were performed to examine attendance to the transitional care clinic and 30-day readmission.

Results: There was a statistical significance between individuals attending follow-up at the designated transitional care clinic and 30-day hospital readmission (p ≤ .05). Of the (N = 22) participants, 64% were not readmitted into the hospital 30 days after discharge.

Conclusions: The findings of this project demonstrate that a nurse-led evidence-based heart failure education program can improve attendance to transitional care programs and reduce 30-day readmissions. A well-designed plan for transitional care remains a critical component of patient care necessary to address complications and optimize continuity of care after discharge.

Full Text:



Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

ISSN 1925-4040 (Print)   ISSN 1925-4059 (Online)

Copyright © Sciedu Press 
To make sure that you can receive messages from us, please add the '' domain to your e-mail 'safe list'. If you do not receive e-mail in your 'inbox', check your 'bulk mail' or 'junk mail' folders.