Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the leading cause of death worldwide, whereas, in the United States, 16,800,000 people are affected, resulting in 450,000 deaths annually. Patients’ perceptions of self-management related to treatment adherence, lifestyle modifications, and risk-factor management are significant indicators of outcomes following a cardiac event. To promote self-management in CAD patients, this benchmark project aims to determine the impact of individualized education interventions by establishing a standardized nurse-led educational intervention in the cardiac unit that emphasizes adherence to self-management and treatment regimen to improve quality of life and prevent rehospitalization due to worsening cardiac events. The evidence-based findings in the studies are supported by the evidence from systematic reviews of RCTs, evidence from systemic reviews of qualitative studies, and the evidence obtained from well-designed RCTs. The databases searched included the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) and PubMed. The search was limited using the evidence-based practice key, systematic review, and meta-analysis. There are multiple patient education delivery methods to meet the needs of patients. However, evidence from research interventions has been synthesized with the recommendations of individualized nurse-led discharge educational intervention for patients with CAD to improve their outcomes, promote quality of life, as well as reduce the readmission rate of hospitals.

Date of publication

Fall 12-5-2021

Document Type

MSN Capstone Project



Persistent identifier



Masters Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner

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