Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
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Marcia J Derby-Davis
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Edwin S. Ramos. 2021. Advancing Disease Knowledge and Health Beliefs on Dyslipidemia by Implementing Patient Education. Capstone. Nova Southeastern University. Retrieved from NSUWorks, College of Nursing. (88)
Dyslipidemia represents a chronic health condition with adverse effects on the individual’s health and wellbeing that go beyond the factual elevation in the levels of total cholesterol in the blood or the increase in levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C). The association of dyslipidemia and adverse health events, including cardiovascular conditions such as coronary artery disease (CAD) and stroke, are evident in clinical practice. Vulnerable populations, such as the adult and elderly Hispanic individuals in a primary care setting, can greatly benefit from increasing their knowledge and health beliefs related to dyslipidemia. The purpose of this evidence-based practice (EBP) educational intervention project is to increase the disease knowledge (DsK) and health beliefs of adult and elderly Hispanic patients in the primary care setting. Concomitantly, increasing the participant’s knowledge will also potentially improve their health literacy and general benefits in the patient’s health outcomes. Results demonstrated that knowledge and health beliefs can be positively affected and improved by implementing an EBP educational intervention that requires participants to provide information before and after receiving the training. Considering the current health environment emanating from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, technology systems can be integrated to deliver educational programs to benefit vulnerable populations, decreasing health disparities, and improving overall wellbeing and health outcomes.
Disease knowledge, Health beliefs, Dyslipidemia, Patient education
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