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Kathleen Meyer


I am in the early stages of developing a research proposal that will test a self care management program for clients with chronic illnesses such as heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. This population of client is at risk for multiple re-hospitalizations. Home Health Care agencies have implemented programs using staff nurses and frequent, early visits to address the problem. My model will study the effect of an APN assisting a client in developing self care management skills of their illness in reducing frequent hospitalizations. Part of the self care management program involves client education. The interventions would be education provided by the APN directly or by modules that the client could complete using their computer. Client learning modules would allow the client to participate at a time that is convenient for them rather than the lesson needing to be completed while the nurse is present. The client modules would be approximately 10-15 minutes long to consider attention span time for a client with physical impairments. I envision creating a product that is visually stimulating and designed considering a variety of educational backgrounds, but primarily limited education. A web site, blog, and newsletter will be created to augment the educational services available. A web site will be created where by the client can complete a module directly on the site or use a DVD if they do not have internet access.

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