Emergency departments are being strained to their breaking points as a result of the recent COVID pandemic. These departments are in need of programs that can help to reduce stress on not only limited budgets but also reduce the strain on their overwhelmed staff. One such strain on emergency departments and their limited resources is the readmittance of mental health patients as a result of non-compliance of the discharge instructions. The change project looks to address whether following up 10 days post discharge can increase discharge instruction compliance and ultimately reduce readmissions. The aim of the project is through the utilization of pre-discharge education and a follow-up survey, emergency departments will potentially reduce the numbers of readmits of mental health patients that these departments can see a true benefit into the care of this often-overlooked patient population.
Date of publication
MSN Capstone Project
Kirby, Robert H., "Increased Discharge Compliance Through Mental Health Follow-Up" (2020). MSN Capstone Projects. Paper 73.