Stroke is a major cause of long-term disability and mortality in the United States, exemplifying a complex chronic disease with high co-morbidity, associated healthcare costs, and readmission rates. Unfortunately, patients diagnosed with strokes often present to acute care settings with stroke events after they have had been previously diagnosed. Readmission rates among stroke patients are as high as 13% with most readmissions being unplanned and many avoidable (Brom et al., 2021). An estimated 6.6 million Americans aged 20 years and older have had a stroke, and each year approximately 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke (Duncan et al., 2017).

Readmissions in the immediate post‐discharge phase of care may reflect unresolved problems in the hospital and poor discharge planning (Brom et al., 2021). The purpose of this benchmark project is to demonstrate the need for a new and improved discharge education process. I propose establishing a program that will emphasize providing adequate education prior to discharge, tailoring to the patient’s health literacy. This program entails providing education verbally, physically, and visually. The teach-back method will also be utilized as well as the implementation of follow-up phone calls post-discharge. Providing education in different ways will assist patients in not only retaining the information provided but applying it as well.

Date of publication

Fall 12-5-2021

Document Type

MSN Capstone Project



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