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Quality priority area

Quality Priority Area

Tonya Anderson

NURS 7350



Education is an important part of patient treatment. We can give a patient instructions on how to take medication and a general description of the treatments and disease but if they do not understand the disease and the rationale behind the treatments then the patient will be less likely to have optimal outcomes.

In this presentation we will look at the following things:

  • My priority area—individualized education for Atrial Fib patients

  • How this evidenced based knowledge can be integrated into a model

  • The question that I will be asking

Priority area
Priority area

  • Patient education

  • A problem with healthcare today.

  • A step toward prevention.

  • Individualized teaching relates to patient compliance.

  • Compliance leads to better quality of life and fewer hospital stays.

  • Better quality of life and fewer hospital stays lead to decrease healthcare costs and increased patient satisfaction.

Ace star model of knowledge transformation
aCE star Model of knowledge Transformation






1 discovery

  • Patient education is critical in improving patient’s health and outcomes.

  • Patients with atrial fibrillation that have a better knowledge of their disease have a good sense of coping. (Koponen, 2008)

  • Knowledge, skills, attitude, and self-awareness empower patients to have a positive influence on their health behavior (Koponen, Recola, Ruotsalainen, Lehto, Leino-Kilpi, & Voipio-Pulkki, 2008)

2 summary
2. Summary

  • When a patient is educated about their disease, its process, and treatment, they are better prepared to maintain optimal quality of life

3 translation

  • The development of teaching guidelines for practitioners and nurses to follow for atrial fibrillation patients.

  • May include an educational pamphlet for the patient to refer to at home.

  • Education should be ongoing during the interaction of the practitioner and the patient.

4 implementation into practice
4. Implementation into practice

  • Putting policy in place for the education of all patient with atrial fibrillation prior to discharge home from the hospital.

  • A individualized checklist of all information to be cover with the patients according to there treatment plan.

5 evaluation
5. evaluation

  • Can be done just after education.

  • A survey after discharge.

  • Patient compliance

  • Patient outcomes

Evidence based practice question
Evidence Based Practice question

In patients with atrial fibrillation, how does individualized patient education rather than generalized education affect the patient ability to adhere to treatment.


Koponen, L., Rekola, L., Ruotsalainen, T., Lehto, M., Leino-Kilpi H. & Voipio-Pulkki, L. (2008). Patient knowledge of atrial fibrillation: 3-month follow-up after an emergency room visit. Journal of Advanced Nursing 61(1), 51–61.

Kring, D.L. (2008). Clinical nurse specialist practice domains and evidence-based practice competencies. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 22(4), 179-183.