Megan Whitaker Herring


Assessing the Impact of an Educational Intervention on Florida Healthcare Providers

Purpose: This project assessed the impact of an educational intervention among Florida healthcare providers on hypertensive disease management while promoting lifestyle wellness strategies and evaluating for knowledge gaps after an educational intervention.

Methods: This quasi-experimental pre, immediate, and follow-up post survey utilized a repeated measures design. An introductory email consisting of a pre-survey, educational intervention, and immediate post-survey was delivered via Qualtrics survey software to 29,944 Florida healthcare providers. A PI developed survey tool was used to capture the data.

Results: The total number of providers that responded to the survey was 478 out of 29,944 sent for a 1% response rate. However, only 451 participants answered the demographics survey. Out of 451 participants, five were excluded due to inclusion criteria, leaving 446 participants. The demographics for those 446 participants showed that most participants were white (80.7%), female (70.9%), ARNP's (68.6%) between the ages of 31-40 (25.6%) and have been practicing for over ten years (51.3%). Of those 446 participants, 327 completed the pre-survey and 212 providers completed the immediate post-follow-up survey after the educational intervention. Only 113 providers completed the eight weeks follow-up post-survey. Overall the provider knowledge was increased after the educational intervention.

Discussion: The purpose of this project explored Florida healthcare providers' familiarity with all proper hypertension disease management elements to promote a lifestyle wellness strategy for individuals, which will result in positive health outcomes. This project looked at provider knowledge regarding lifestyle management strategies and hypertension, barriers in providing the most up-to-date information on nutrition and lifestyle management plans and providing education to providers to best serve their population.

Conclusion: This study showed an increase in provider knowledge after the educational intervention. It helped identify knowledge gaps in practice, assess time spent on educating patients, and assess providers' barriers. This study emphasized patient education and promoted healthy lifestyle management strategies. However, further research must be done to provide the best care and help patients adhere to a lifestyle management plan.

Major Professor: LeeAnn Barfield, DNP, AG-ACNP-BC





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