Date of Graduation

5-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Degree Level

Undergraduate

Department

Nursing

Advisor

Smith-Blair, Nan

Reader

Patton, Susan

Second Reader

Lofton, Ann

Abstract

Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a major problem in the United States today. So many aspects to the disease process exist that creating and implementing interventions to manage symptoms during the progression of the disease presents a challenge. Providing effective patient education to patients with this chronic disease process is a challenge due to the high frequency of readmissions to the hospital for these patients. Recently a CHF discharge class and visual educational tool were implemented at a hospital in Northwest Arkansas in an attempt to improve knowledge retention of patient education material. The purpose of this study was to identify “gaps in knowledge” in CHF patients readmitted to the hospital within 30 days following discharge. The study examined knowledge about their chronic illness and identified gaps of knowledge provided by the discharge education process in CHF patients who were readmitted within 30 days of discharge.

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