Date of Conferral
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Janice M. Long
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a global health problem and efforts are needed to improve the care of individuals affected by the disease. A recent strategy for improving care within the healthcare system is patient engagement. Nurses and other health care clinicians can apply patient engagement into their clinical practice to improve the care they provide to their patients. Therefore, the purpose of this project was to increase the knowledge and awareness of patient engagement among clinicians who work with CKD patients. This quality improvement project used Lewin's force field analysis to analyze driving and restraining forces to help develop and implement strategies to develop an e-learning module. The project used practice-focused questions to determine if knowledge about patient engagement and the Shared End-Stage Renal Patients - Decision Making Tool could improve staff knowledge and awareness about patient engagement. A quantitative pretest, posttest approach was used to compare pretest scores to posttest scores after the e-learning module was viewed. Nine clinicians participated in the project study. Results showed that clinicians' knowledge and awareness about patient engagement increased from a mean pretest score of 5.22 to a mean posttest score of 6.22, (p = 0.08617). The sample of only 9 participants may have contributed to the lack of statistical significance after viewing the educational presentation. The e-learning module will provide positive social change as staff and students of renal programs learn about and apply the principles of patient engagement to their clinical practice.