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Authors

  1. Lynch, Janet R. PhD
  2. Sun, Cynthia K. MSN, RN
  3. Deslich, Stacie MSHA

Abstract

The viability of measuring and integrating preventive cardiovascular care into home healthcare was investigated through a pilot study fielded during 2013 and 2014. The study tested the feasibility of using a data registry to measure preventive cardiovascular care delivered in home healthcare, examined opportunities for quality improvement, and looked at the association between exposure to evidence-based tools and improvement in aspirin use and blood pressure screening and control among a convenience sample of 20 agencies. Based on promising results, the home healthcare cardiovascular quality initiative continues in alignment with Million Hearts(R) and offers tools that clinicians can use to understand the risks for heart attack and stroke within their agency's population of patients and respond with best practices.