Doctoral Project Defense: Kathleen Shaughnessy

Candidate Name: Kathleen Shaughnessy

Major: Nursing Practice

Thesis Advisor: Kelley Anderson, Ph.D.

Title: The Effect of Telehealth on 30-Day Readmissions in Medicare Beneficiaries Following Isolated Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in 45.1% of Americans. Each year in the United States, 790,000 suffer myocardial infarction as ed organ damage from coronary disease.  Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery is a life-saving procedure for many patients with severe coronary artery disease.  However, hospital readmissions for complications within 30-days after CABG discharge pose substantial burden to patients, families, and the healthcare system. This scholarly project examined the effect of a telehealth (TH) program in addition to usual discharge care on 30-day readmissions in Medicare isolated CABG patients. A retrospective case-controlled analysis of TH program data was conducted at a single project site. Medicare patients who participated in a TH program after discharge to a home setting following isolated CABG surgery from 5/1/17-4/30/18 were compared with a causal comparison group receiving usual care from 5/1/16-4/30/17. A total of 83 cases (51 control; 32 treatment) met inclusion criteria. No statistically significant differences were noted in 30-day all cause readmission (p=0.568), emergency-room encounters (p=0.785) or readmissions specifically related to atrial fibrillation, heart failure, or pleural effusion. The treatment group showed a trend toward timely follow-up to cardiology appointments, with a reduction from 19.8 to 13.7 days (p= 0.062).  The treatment group experienced no failures to show for surgical follow-up appointments. Treatment interventions due to TH primarily consisted of medication initiation and titration. Reducing hospital readmissions from poor inpatient care or poorly coordinated represents an opportunity to reduce cost and improve transitions of care practices.

Friday, November 16, 2018 at 10:35am to 12:00pm

St. Mary's Hall, 110
3700 Reservoir Road, N.W., Washington

Event Type

Academic Events, Dissertation Defense


School of Nursing & Health Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences



Open to the public and the press?


Event Contact Name

Peggy Slota

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