Joy M Plamann

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A growing segment of patients in hospitals are considered outpatients, classified as observation. These patients neither have the severity of illness nor the intensity of service to qualify as inpatients, yet are not well enough to be discharged. Hospitals have created observation units to address the clinical needs of this growing patient type to provide(More)
Heart failure (HF) accounts for most U.S. Medicare hospital admissions. The purpose of the current study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a care transitions quality improvement (QI) intervention on self-management and readmission rates in older adults with HF. A quasi-experimental, descriptive study was conducted with 66 patients with HF in three(More)
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