School of Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
geriatric, hospital readmission, assisted living facility, skilled nursing facility, interdisciplinary communication, quality improvement
Langston, Molly K., "The Impact of Increased Interdisciplinary Communication on Hospital Admission Rates in the Geriatric Population: An Integrative Review" (2022). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3821.
The medical complexity of geriatric residents puts them at an increased risk of hospital readmissions related to coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and diabetes, along with other chronic diseases. Geriatric residents of assisted living, skilled nursing, and memory care facilities should hold a particular interest to stakeholders, as the simple intervention of increasing early communication and correspondence regarding chronic diseases can have a great impact on quality improvement outcomes as well as financial burden of the institution. Additionally, interdisciplinary communication can be individualized to meet the needs of each geriatric resident in order to reduce the risk of unnecessary hospital readmissions. This integrative review includes a discussion of key concepts that can increase a resident’s risk of needing to be admitted to the hospital or visit the emergency department, stakeholder prioritization needs, and the importance of interdisciplinary communication.