Date of Conferral
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Care Coordination Home Telehealth (CCHT) maintains a positive impact on the delivery of patient care in the primary care clinic at the Department of Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC). This quality improvement initiative targets patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, heart failure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. These patient are frequently seen in the emergency room, and are often admitted to the hospital, where they saturate the outpatient clinics' waiting room with multiple walk-ins. CCHT has, to some extent, reduced walk-ins, emergency room visits, and hospitalization while minimizing the strain on access to care at the VAMC. Sustaining self-management skills of veterans with chronic conditions at the VAMC continues to impose challenges. In this project, retrospective data from 95 randomly selected charts reviewed during a 2-year period were used to compare hospitalizations, emergency room visits, and primary care visits. The findings of the study indicate veterans enrolled in Home Telehealth show positive social change. The social change is evidenced by change in behavior patterns, such as maintaining a healthy diet, performing daily physical activity, and compliance with medication administration. Enrolled veterans had better outcomes regarding hospitalization, emergency room visits, and primary care visits. The data highlighted the need for incorporating disease-specific protocols guiding care coordinators at first point of contact with the veteran patient. Following these protocols may enhance communication style that matches the patient's stage of behavioral change with interventions.