Evidence-based healthcare operates from converting well-documented research results into practice. This approach therefore requires establishing operational tools and procedures of the documented research to aid health practitioners to implement the approach confidently. In evidence-based healthcare, the research results are needed to fit a specific framework regardless of how compelling and well managed these results are. The results are only necessary for supporting the decision process (Hargraves et al., 2016). It is evident that the hospital has an issue with the increased readmission rate of patients. Heart failure is the most common cause for readmission; therefore, there is a need to develop a plan that is orderly, consistent and in compliance with evidence-based practice protocol to handle the situation


  • The first step is establishing a nurse-run outpatient heart failure clinic to curb this rising rate of readmission.
  • The second step is collecting the necessary information to make sure the patient understands what to do.
  • After establishing the necessary information, it is essential to ensure that the nurse communicates the procedure of self-care required for discharged patients


Cardiosmart.org. “Heart Failure Guidelines.” Cardiosmart.Org, 2018, https://www.cardiosmart.org/Heart-Conditions/Guidelines/Heart-Failure-2017-Update. Accessed 21 June 2018.

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