Date of Conferral
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
No-show appointments, also referred to as missed appointments, occur 23% to 34% annually in general practice care settings. Missed appointments can lead to reduction in appointment availability, decrease in provider/staff productivity, patient/provider discordance, disruption in continuity of care, and reduced quality of care. There is a gap in the nursing literature regarding effective interventions to reduce missed appointments. The purpose of this quality improvement, secondary analysis project was to determine whether implementation of an evidence-based no-show, nurse-led intervention would reduce missed appointment rates in a family medicine practice. The health belief model and the plan, do, study, act model guided this no-show project. Convenience sampled, password-secured quantitative data from nurse practitioner schedules were analyzed using a check-sheet tool and spreadsheet software. Data showed that after implementation of the evidence-based, nurse-led interventions, there was a reduction of no-shows with a decline from 23.5% in September and November 2017 to 17% in September and November 2018. Results of this no-show project might promote positive social change by increasing awareness of evidence-based interventions that are effective for reducing missed appointments in primary care practices.