Date of Conferral
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Health portals are dedicated web pages for medical practices to provide patients access to their electronic health records. The problem identified in this quality improvement project was that the health portal in the urgent care setting had not been available to staff nor patients. To provide leadership with information related to opening the portal, the first purpose of the project was to assess staff and patients' perceived use, ease of use, attitude toward using, and intention to use the portal. The second purpose was to evaluate the portal education materials for the top 5 urgent care diagnoses: diabetes, hypertension, asthma, otitis media, and bronchitis for understandability and actionability using the Patient Education Material Assessment Tool, Simple Measures of Goobledygook, and the Up to Date application. The first purpose was framed within the technology acceptance model which used a 26-item Likert scale ranging from -3 (total disagreement) to +3 (total agreement). The staff (n = 8) and patients (n = 75) perceived the portal as useful (62%; 60%), easy to use (72%; 70%), expressed a positive attitude toward using (71%; 73%), and would use the technology (54%; 70%). All materials were deemed understandable (74%-95%) with 70% being the acceptable percentage. Diabetes, otitis media, and bronchitis were deemed actionable (71-100%), but hypertension (57%) and asthma (40%) had lower actionability percentages. Hypertension, asthma, and otitis media had appropriate reading levels (6-8th grade). However, diabetes (10th grade) and bronchitis (12th grade) were higher with the target being less than 8th grade level. All handouts were found to be evidence-based. Recommendations were to revise the diabetes and bronchitis educational handouts to improve readability. Social change can be promoted by this project by facilitating positive patient outcomes at urgent care clinics.
Simmons, Anita Joyce, "Health Portal Functionality and the Use of Patient-Centered Technology" (2017). Walden Dissertations and Doctoral Studies. 3071.