Date of Graduation

5-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Degree Level

Undergraduate

Department

Nursing

Advisor

Holloway, Ginger

Reader

Smith-Blair, Nan

Second Reader

Lofton, Annelle

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between patient compliance with medical recommendations for congestive heart failure and readmission rates. The study sought to examine what elements of patient teaching the individuals retained, as well as their perception of how well they adhered to the recommendations. This study examines individuals who have been admitted to the hospital on at least two occasions with the primary diagnosis of congestive heart failure. Each participant was asked to complete one qualitative survey and one quantitative survey that were used to identify daily habits, as well as level of compliance, to established congestive heart failure care recommendations. Results showed that patients were largely compliant with instructions to take rests throughout the day and when short of breath, but were primarily non-compliant with recommendations to exercise regularly.

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