Transitional Care Home Visits among Underserved Patients with Heart Failure

Academic Article

Abstract

  • Heart failure (HF), a global public health problem affecting 26 million people worldwide, significantly impacts quality of life. The prevalence of depression associated with HF is 3 times higher than that of the general population. Evidence, though, supports the use of transitional care as a method to enhance functional status and improve rates of depression in patients with HF. This article discusses the findings of a quality improvement project that evaluated health outcomes in underserved patients with HF who participated in a transitional care home visitation program. The visitation program exemplifies the role of leadership in facilitating transitions across the health care continuum. The 2-year retrospective review included 79 participants with HF. Comparisons of outcomes were made over 6 months. Although not statistically significant, clinically significant differences in health outcomes were observed in participants who received a home visit >14 days compared with ≤14 days after hospital discharge. A home visitation program for underserved patients with HF offers opportunities to enhance care across the continuum. Ongoing evaluation of the existing home visitation program is indicated over time with the goal of offering leaders data to enhance patient and family-centered transitional care coordination.
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    Author List

  • Arnold ER; White-Williams C; Miltner RS; Hites L; Su W; Shirey MR
  • Start Page

  • 268
  • End Page

  • 279
  • Volume

  • 44
  • Issue

  • 3