Increasing Adherence to Scheduled Outpatient Dobutamine Stress Echocardiograms

Gail B. Hefter, Linda Gerson

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Abstract

In a large, urban teaching hospital over a 10-month period, 45% of dobutamine stress tests were cancelled. The article discusses the results of a pilot study that was implemented to reduce appointment cancellations. Factors that impacted adherence to the testing schedule were proper documentation of cancellations, the importance of eliminating inappropriate referrals, and the use of an appointment reminder system. With the use of a checklist and scripted reminder tool, the cancellation rate of these tests was decreased to 32.4%, a 12.6% reduction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)768-774
Number of pages7
JournalJournal for Nurse Practitioners
Volume6
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2010

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Dobutamine
Appointments and Schedules
Outpatients
Reminder Systems
Urban Hospitals
Checklist
Exercise Test
Teaching Hospitals
Documentation
Referral and Consultation

Keywords

  • Exercise test
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Scheduled appointments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • LPN and LVN
  • Fundamentals and skills

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Increasing Adherence to Scheduled Outpatient Dobutamine Stress Echocardiograms. / Hefter, Gail B.; Gerson, Linda.

In: Journal for Nurse Practitioners, Vol. 6, No. 10, 11.2010, p. 768-774.

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Hefter, Gail B. ; Gerson, Linda. / Increasing Adherence to Scheduled Outpatient Dobutamine Stress Echocardiograms. In: Journal for Nurse Practitioners. 2010 ; Vol. 6, No. 10. pp. 768-774.
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