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Document Type

Doctoral Paper

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Committee Chair

Sara Robertson

Committee Member

Mary DeLetter

Author's Keywords

heart failure, screening, prevention, risk stratification, cardiovascular, primary care


Introduction: Heart failure (HF) is a progressive disease that is difficult to identify in its early stages. The Health ABC HF screening tool allowed primary care providers to identify and target interventions at their highest risk patients.

Purpose: The purpose of this project was to introduce providers to the Health ABC HF screening tool and assess the feasibility of using this tool in a primary care setting.

Intervention: Six primary care providers used the Health ABC screening tool for 4 weeks on their patients over age 65 with a diagnosis of hypertension, diabetes mellitus, or atherosclerosis. Providers then completed surveys regarding the feasibility of utilizing this screening tool in primary care.

Results: 140 unique and eligible patients were seen by included providers. 17.1% of eligible patients were screened by the providers. 25% of those patients screened received interventions from the providers based on the screening tool results.

Discussion: Providers appreciated the information from the tool, but felt it was too time consuming. The project was limited by a small sample size of providers, limited time with providers for education, and potential for missing eligible patients based on ICD 10 codes.

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Nursing Commons