Date of Conferral



Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




Mary T. Verklan


Early avoidable 30-day post discharge readmission among patients diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is associated with poor transition care processes. The purpose of this project was to analyze organizational system processes for admission and discharge transition care of patients diagnosed with COPD to identify key intervention strategies that could decrease the rate of 30-day post-discharge readmission by 1%. The project used the transitional care model as the framework to target specific care transition needs and create patient-centered, supportive, evidence-based relationships among the patient, the providers, the community, and the health care system to identify key intervention strategies for implementation. A retrospective chart review was conducted of transitional care management and care coordination practices of providers of patients diagnosed with COPD. Analysis of the data revealed that the local regional organization used a single, generic, computerized discharge planning and care transition process for patients diagnosed with COPD. As a result, missed opportunities to target a patient's specific care needs led to higher rates of readmission. The implications of the findings of this project for social change include identification of evidence-based recommendations and practices that could influence clinician practices and improve patient outcomes and the quality of health care delivery.