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Staff Education On Psychosocial Rehabilitation Management Of Individuals Diagnosed With Severe Mental Health Illness, Evarist O. Oguguo Jan 2022

Staff Education On Psychosocial Rehabilitation Management Of Individuals Diagnosed With Severe Mental Health Illness, Evarist O. Oguguo

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Serious mental illness (SMI) is common in America and is associated with behavioral and emotional conditions that can lead to serious functional impairment and interfere with a person's decision making and general life activities, negatively impacting themselves and their caregivers, families, and communities. Psychosocial rehabilitation (PSR) is one evidence-based, person-centered approach known to be effective in helping individuals diagnosed with SMI manage their symptoms and improve their daily functioning. To effectively participate in providing PSR, caregivers must have special PSR knowledge. A staff education program was developed to educate and increase staff knowledge about PSR. The purpose of the ...


A Clinical Practice Guideline For Measuring Quality Of Life In Patients With Depression And Anxiety, Mary Fowaah Boateng Jan 2021

A Clinical Practice Guideline For Measuring Quality Of Life In Patients With Depression And Anxiety, Mary Fowaah Boateng

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Mental health conditions affect various aspects of an individual’s quality of life (QOL). Patients with anxiety and depression have a greater risk of having a negative perception of QOL. The gap in practice was the lack of an assessment tool to measure QOL in patients with mental health disorders. The purpose of this Doctor of Nursing Practice project was to develop a clinical practice guideline (CPG) recommending the best evidence-based measurement tool for QOL in patients with anxiety and/or depression. The question that guided the CPG was: How should QOL be measured in patients with anxiety and/or ...


Interprofessional Team Membership Stability, Collective Team Competence, And Patient Outcomes In Emergency Departments, Maria Corvinelli Krentz Jan 2021

Interprofessional Team Membership Stability, Collective Team Competence, And Patient Outcomes In Emergency Departments, Maria Corvinelli Krentz

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Medical errors in emergency departments (EDs) have been researched extensively but people who use EDs have continued to be at risk. A gap in knowledge existed as to what the relationship is between interprofessional (IP) team membership stability (TMS), work experience, collective competence, and ED patient outcomes. Guided by the collective competence theory, this quantitative correlational study sampled three rural EDs, a 33% response rate. IP participants rated collective competence as high. Using regression analysis and 3 months of existing data, IP ED core teams showed low temporal stability and the relationship between TMS and medical errors was not statistically ...


Role Of Case Management In Access To Mental Health Care Among African Americans With Medicaid, Kira-Jai Jayne Taylor Jan 2021

Role Of Case Management In Access To Mental Health Care Among African Americans With Medicaid, Kira-Jai Jayne Taylor

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Disparity in access to appropriate mental health care among African Americans compared to non-Hispanic Whites is growing. The purpose of this quantitative retrospective study was to examine the relationship between access to an outpatient mental health facility with case management and access to outpatient mental health services among African Americans with Medicaid compared to non-Hispanic Whites with Medicaid. The theoretical framework was based on the conceptual framework for integration created by PATH. The study addressed whether there is a difference in the number of African Americans compared to non-Hispanic White patients with Medicaid in access to an outpatient mental health ...


The Relationship Between Organizational Culture And Hospital Performance In The Veterans Health Administration, Darline Jasmin Nabbie Jan 2021

The Relationship Between Organizational Culture And Hospital Performance In The Veterans Health Administration, Darline Jasmin Nabbie

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High quality care consists of a culture that involves staff who are engaged and keepthemselves accountable when providing care. In 2014, employees described their organizational culture at the Veteran Affairs (VA) as entrenched and intimidating. An audit also revealed that in 2014, patients were receiving substandard care. The present study was an analysis of the relationship between organizational culture and hospital performance in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). This study provided key stakeholders such as the VA administration an understanding of work climate as an indicator of organizational culture and how it affected hospital performance with the VHA. The VHA ...


Associations Between Provider Type And Medicaid Overpayments, Kezia Hercules Jan 2021

Associations Between Provider Type And Medicaid Overpayments, Kezia Hercules

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Healthcare costs have been rapidly increasing in the United States and consume a significant percentage of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). A percentage of these costs are attributed to increased incidences of healthcare overpayments to providers. This study examined the impact of these overpayments by provider type, and the underlying reasons which resulted in overpayments from the Medicaid perspective. The theoretical framework used in this study was Ostrom’s institutional analysis and development (IAD) framework. The study used all available data (N = 682) from New York State Medicaid Inspector General final audits of providers for Medicaid overpayments. A chi-square test ...


A Lebanese Health Care Organization’S Strategies To Secure Sustainable Funding, Dania Mahmoud Al Assadi Jan 2021

A Lebanese Health Care Organization’S Strategies To Secure Sustainable Funding, Dania Mahmoud Al Assadi

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Fundraising and donations are the main sources of revenue for behavioral health care nonprofit organizations (NPOs) worldwide. Economic, political, social, or health crises impact fundraising and donation sources for behavioral health care NPOs. This qualitative case study addressed strategies that senior leaders of a Lebanese behavioral health care NPO could use in times of crisis. The study also addressed the behavioral health leaders’ experience managing a funding crisis. The Baldrige conceptual framework was used to assess the organization’s effectiveness in seven key areas. Interviews with the senior leaders and analysis of the organization’s archival data were used to ...


State Consent Policies And The Meaningful Use Of Electronic Health Records Among Nonfederal Acute Care Hospitals In The United States, Adetoro Kafilat Longe Jan 2021

State Consent Policies And The Meaningful Use Of Electronic Health Records Among Nonfederal Acute Care Hospitals In The United States, Adetoro Kafilat Longe

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The less-than-nationwide use of electronic health record (EHR) systems to send, receive, and integrate (SRI) patient summary of care (PSC) records limits the ability of hospital administrators to maximize efficiency and improve quality in the continuum of care. Despite obvious differences in state health information exchange (HIE) consent policies, there is no known research that has determined if and what aspects of state-level HIE legislation affect the use of EHR systems to SRI PSC records. Guided by the unified theory of acceptance and use of technology (UTAUT), the purpose of this quantitative cross-sectional research study was to examine the relationship ...


Increasing Fall Awareness Through Nursing Staff Education, Evelyn Ahiante Dennis Jan 2021

Increasing Fall Awareness Through Nursing Staff Education, Evelyn Ahiante Dennis

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Patient falls are a significant healthcare concern, with the highest risk being among older adults aged 65 and older. A lack of nursing knowledge can contribute to patient falls. This DNP project was conducted in the medical-surgical trauma unit of a 137-bed local rehabilitation center in Northern Georgia. The intention of the project was to understand if a nursing staff education program would increase knowledge regarding falls prevention. Kurt Lewin’s change theory provided the framework for the project. The project participants were nine medical surgical nurses. Using the analysis, design, development, implementation (ADDIE) model, a falls prevention education program ...


Evaluation Of A Cardiac Surgery Nurse Navigator Quality Improvement Program, Eileen Joy Watkins Jan 2021

Evaluation Of A Cardiac Surgery Nurse Navigator Quality Improvement Program, Eileen Joy Watkins

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AbstractPatients who have had cardiac surgery may experience longer hospital stays and increased readmission rates when there is poor care coordination between patients, families, and the healthcare team. Poor care coordination leads to unclear expectations of each phase of care, decreased compliance with postoperative care regimen resulting in increased length of stay, patient and family dissatisfaction, and increased rates of readmission. This project evaluated a Cardiac Surgery Nurse Navigator (CSNN) Quality Improvement program to address care coordination and improve length of stay and readmission rates for cardiac surgery patients. The goal was to determine whether the CSNN program was effective ...


Discharge Instructions To Decrease Copd Readmissions, Randee S. Marinaro Jan 2021

Discharge Instructions To Decrease Copd Readmissions, Randee S. Marinaro

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AbstractChronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the fourth leading cause of death in the US. A 301-bed rural hospital in the Midwest had experienced excessive 30-day hospital readmissions with their COPD patients. Two gaps in practice were identified: a lack of uninterrupted time to plan and execute discharge instructions and inconsistent discharge instructions provided to these patients as. The purpose of this project was to educate staff nurses on the importance of implementing a protected time, evidence-based discharge plan for patients diagnosed with COPD. The project explored whether a discharge education program nurses would decrease the 30-day readmission rate for ...


Improving Nursing Knowledge On Antibiotic Therapy To Prevent Pneumonia Readmissions, Muskuda Deen Jan 2021

Improving Nursing Knowledge On Antibiotic Therapy To Prevent Pneumonia Readmissions, Muskuda Deen

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Lack of education on the appropriate use of antibiotic therapy can lead to an increase in early readmissions for patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). The purpose of this project was to educate medical-surgical nurses at an inpatient hospital in the southern region of the United States on the appropriate use of antibiotic therapy to decrease early CAP readmissions. The project practice question was whether the infection control clinical practice guidelines would increase the medical-surgical nurses’ knowledge on the appropriate use of antibiotic therapy to decrease the 30-day readmission rates for patients diagnosed with CAP. The staff education development was guided ...


Registered Nurses’ Perceptions Of Obesity, Elizabeth Ann Pettifor Jan 2021

Registered Nurses’ Perceptions Of Obesity, Elizabeth Ann Pettifor

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Obesity has become an epidemic in the United States (U.S.) population. Obesity is a risk factor for many health problems that ultimately lead to death or disability. Nurses in the U.S have a higher-than-average rate of overweight and obesity. The purpose of this exploratory, qualitative case study was to identify and recommend areas for change in the hospital environment to assist bedside nurses in the U.S to have a healthier lifestyle. Social media was used to conduct a purposeful sampling technique and recruit 10 registered nurses working full time at the bedside in the U.S who ...


The Impact Of Inpatient Boarding In North Carolina Emergency Departments, Miracle Howard Jan 2021

The Impact Of Inpatient Boarding In North Carolina Emergency Departments, Miracle Howard

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Currently, emergency department overcrowding has negatively impacted hospitals' financial, operational, and organizational performance globally. A contributing factor to emergency department overcrowding includes the delay of the throughput process for patients who have a time-sensitive diagnosis and are admitted to the emergency department. This causes adverse hospital outcomes such as longer length of stays and increase hospitalization cost. This study utilized secondary data to address a relationship between admitted patients who have time-sensitive diagnoses such as chest pain and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease within North Carolina emergency departments and length of stay, utilization of services, and overall hospital cost. The conceptual ...


Clinical Practice Guidelines For Community-Based Resources For Substance Abuse Patients In An Emergency Department, Julie Ann Thompson Jan 2021

Clinical Practice Guidelines For Community-Based Resources For Substance Abuse Patients In An Emergency Department, Julie Ann Thompson

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Substance use disorder (SUD) has plagued the United States for decades and has been an ongoing issue in a Midwest hospital emergency department where SUD patients were provided discharge information that did not include SUD specific recovery and rehabilitation resources available in the community. The purpose of this project was to develop a clinical practice guideline (CPG) for nurses to use when discharging a SUD patient with an accompanying evidence-based recovery and referral resource list including Narcan, medication-assisted treatment, crisis hotlines, needle exchange programs, and treatment options. The Johns Hopkins Nursing Evidence-Based Practice framework was used to grade the levels ...


Nurse-Patient Ratios And Falls In The Acute Care Setting: A Staffing Educational Program, Trinia Shawell Williams Jan 2021

Nurse-Patient Ratios And Falls In The Acute Care Setting: A Staffing Educational Program, Trinia Shawell Williams

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AbstractThe correlation between patient falls and nurse-patient ratios in acute care has been a prevalent topic for decades. The lack of nurse-patient ratio guidelines to direct nurse staffing has restricted nursing leaders’ efforts to address this issue. The purpose of this staff education project was to educate nursing leaders on nurse-patient ratios and their association to patient falls. The practice-focused question centered on whether education would increase nursing leaders’ knowledge about appropriate staffing ratios and practices to reduce falls at a long-term acute care facility. Rogers’s diffusion of innovations theory was the change model used to guide this project ...


The Social Work Perspective Regarding The Underutilization Of Mental Health Services Among African American Families, Carissma Tempest Hughes Jan 2021

The Social Work Perspective Regarding The Underutilization Of Mental Health Services Among African American Families, Carissma Tempest Hughes

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The underutilization of mental health services amongst African American families has been a long-standing concern in the African American community within large metropolitan cities in Texas. The metropolitan cities are Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio and McAllen. There remain experiences that impede families’ ability to engage in mental health services. These experiences involve the conflict between prayer and therapy, stigma, lack of awareness of local mental health services, and cultural competency. The purpose of this qualitative research study was to explore experiences of African American families and how those experiences affect mental health engagement, as well as how ...


Staff Education To Promote Postpartum Depression Screening, Melony Stokes Jan 2021

Staff Education To Promote Postpartum Depression Screening, Melony Stokes

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Postpartum depression (PPD) is the most frequent cause of maternal morbidity in the United States. PPD is far more prevalent than reported. The literature suggests that more than half of women experiencing PPD are untreated and unrecognized. PPD affects the health of mothers and their newborns and is associated with long-term psychological and socioeconomic implications. Varying factors may influence PPD, and it is often difficult for patients to recognize the symptoms making it critically important for health care staff to screen for PPD. The aim of this project was to determine whether an education program for nurses in an obstetrical ...


Safety Planning: Self-Management Approaches For Intimate Partner Violence In Ohio, Yvette Clemons Jan 2021

Safety Planning: Self-Management Approaches For Intimate Partner Violence In Ohio, Yvette Clemons

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AbstractIntimate partner violence (IPV) is a global health education and promotion burden that has affected one in four women in the United States between the ages of 18-24, who are at increased risk of subsequent negative health outcomes of sexually transmitted inflections, mental health and substance abuse disorders, exacerbated suicidal ideations, and death. Exploring the health education needs and learning preferences of women affected by IPV who have utilized self-management strategies during safety planning interventions was the purpose for this phenomenological qualitative study and aligned the four research questions. SurveyMonkey was used to conduct interviews of 30 women align with ...


Social Ecological Factors Affecting Marijuana Use Among Young Adults In The United States, Temple Oritsegbubemi Jagha Jan 2021

Social Ecological Factors Affecting Marijuana Use Among Young Adults In The United States, Temple Oritsegbubemi Jagha

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AbstractCurrent knowledge of young adults’ marijuana use centers around individual risk factors and negative health effects (i.e., mental disorder), with less focus on contextual circumstances. In this study, I examined the association between demographic (i.e., gender, race, education, employment, income, and population density), social (i.e., risk perception and religious beliefs influence), living context (i.e., difficulty getting marijuana, poverty level, and county metro status), and marijuana use among young adults. The social-ecological model guided this study. In this quantitative cross-sectional study, data from the 2019 U.S. National Survey on Drug Use and Health that included 14 ...


Effect Of Video Recording And Self-Reflection On Skill Acquisition In Nursing Students, Lisa Aloy Jan 2021

Effect Of Video Recording And Self-Reflection On Skill Acquisition In Nursing Students, Lisa Aloy

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Applications to nursing programs have grown at exponential rates causing a shortfall of clinical locations and lack of available clinical experiences. This negatively affects nursing students’ access to bedside patient care, affecting nursing students’ ability to safely learn and practice basic nursing skills. Nurse educators need to create robust learning experiences for students to learn basics nursing skills and gain confidence and competence in these skills. Video recording in nursing education is an underutilized teaching method that supports various aspects in student learning of skill acquisition. The purpose of this study was to explore Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) nursing students ...


Lived Experiences Of Nurses Caring For Limited English Proficient Patients During A Pandemic, Thomas Cain Jan 2021

Lived Experiences Of Nurses Caring For Limited English Proficient Patients During A Pandemic, Thomas Cain

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This study addressed the need to better understand how a patient’s healthcare is influenced by lack of health literacy for limited English proficient patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. While registered nurses are a key component in the patient care continuum, there is a lack of evidence to understand the experiences caring for this vulnerable population during a pandemic. Framed by Roy’s adaptation model and Orem’s self-care deficit nursing theory, the purpose of this interpretative phenomenological study was to explore the lived experiences of registered nurses who cared for limited English patients diagnosed with COVID-19 in 2020. Seven ...


Educating Pediatric Emergency Department Nurses On Autism Spectrum Disorder, Melanie Lynn Cardona Jan 2021

Educating Pediatric Emergency Department Nurses On Autism Spectrum Disorder, Melanie Lynn Cardona

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Caring for patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that present to a pediatric emergency department (ED) poses many challenges for nurses. The multifaceted characteristics and needs exhibited by a child with ASD presenting to an ED has the potential to lead to poor patient outcomes. The purpose of this doctoral project was to increase registered nurses’ knowledge and confidence level for caring for patients with ASD in a pediatric ED. The practice-focused question for this doctoral project explored whether the implementation of an ASD educational intervention increase registered nurses’ knowledge and confidence level for caring for patients with ASD in ...


The Impact Of Socioeconomic Status And Ethnicity On Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Patients, Donald Garret Abshier Jan 2021

The Impact Of Socioeconomic Status And Ethnicity On Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Patients, Donald Garret Abshier

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive and debilitating respiratory condition that leads to significant medial and financial burdens. For many patients with COPD, multiple socioeconomic factors contribute to health disparities, including income, education, employment status, and race/ethnicity. The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of SES and race/ethnicity on COPD patients. For this cross-sectional study, using secondary data analysis, the Social-Ecological Model (SEM), which discusses five levels of influence, was utilized. Data from over 3,222 participants aged 18 and over, living in Nevada were obtained from the 2018 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance ...


Unmet Needs Of Children With Special Health Care Needs When Transitioning To Adult Services, Kiara Monee Moseby Jan 2021

Unmet Needs Of Children With Special Health Care Needs When Transitioning To Adult Services, Kiara Monee Moseby

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Health care transition planning could help decrease health care disparities among those who identify as an individual on the autism spectrum; however, less than a quarter of the adolescent population living with autism spectrum disorder receive transition planning. Decreasing health care disparities could lead to an increase in health care quality and longevity. The purpose of this study was to analyze if there was a relationship between (a) the number of physician visits, (b) if the physician treats only children, (c) if the physician talks about the child seeing physicians who treat adults, (d) if the physician worked with the ...


The Use Of The Qsen Framework In Nrp For Graduate Nurses: A Systematic Review, Debra Friedl Jan 2021

The Use Of The Qsen Framework In Nrp For Graduate Nurses: A Systematic Review, Debra Friedl

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In hospitals offering a nurse residency programs (NRP) for new graduates, the framework used can impact retention and job satisfaction rates. To meet the nursing needs of the hospitalized population, it is critical to understand which NRP framework results in higher retention and job satisfaction rates as compared to national rates. The purpose of this systematic review was to examine the evidence on those NRP using the quality and safety for education of nurses’ framework (QSEN) to compare rates of job satisfaction and job retention with published national rates. A comprehensive search outlined in the PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for ...


Nurse Perspectives Of Trauma-Informed Care, Lee Ann Blazejewski Jan 2021

Nurse Perspectives Of Trauma-Informed Care, Lee Ann Blazejewski

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There is growing interest in trauma-informed nursing methods to better respond to the needs of patients with histories of adverse childhood experiences and other traumatic events. Recent advances in the understanding of how trauma can negatively affect long-term health outcomes have fostered a shift towards trauma-informed care as a method to decrease patient retraumatization in nursing practice. With the implementation of trauma-informed care in many areas of healthcare and public health, several challenges have been exposed. The purpose of this study was to examine nurses’ lived experience of implementing trauma-informed care into nursing practice for the care of patients with ...


Sociodemographic Factors Associated With Childhood Vaccination Status In Sokoto State, Nigeria, Dauda Milgwe Madubu Jan 2021

Sociodemographic Factors Associated With Childhood Vaccination Status In Sokoto State, Nigeria, Dauda Milgwe Madubu

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Immunization remains one of the most successful and cost-effective public health interventions worldwide. Despite the critical role of vaccines in improving childhood and maternal health, Sokoto state recorded the lowest childhood vaccination completion rate among the 37 states in Nigeria with only 5% of children aged 12-23 months having had full childhood vaccination based on data from the 2018 demographic and health survey. The factors associated with the state’s low childhood vaccination status have not been explored. The study examined the relationship between the sociodemographic factors including parents’ socioeconomic and ethnoreligious factors, place of residence, and children’s biological ...


Caring For The Caregiver: Second Victim Recovery Following A Serious Medical Error, Beulah Patrice Vance Jan 2021

Caring For The Caregiver: Second Victim Recovery Following A Serious Medical Error, Beulah Patrice Vance

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In 1999, it was estimated that 98,000 deaths were attributed to medical errors and were the fourth most common cause of death in the United States. In 2016, medical errors were estimated as the third leading cause of death, with a mean death rate of 251,454 each year. Nurse involved in errors are known as second victims. Almost one in seven staff members reported that they had experienced a patient safety event within the last year that caused personal problems such as anxiety, depression, or concerns about their ability to perform their job. This project explored whether nurses ...


The Relationship Between Hospitals’ Electronic Health Records Maturity And Excess Readmission Ratio, Cynthia Saint-Ulysse Jan 2021

The Relationship Between Hospitals’ Electronic Health Records Maturity And Excess Readmission Ratio, Cynthia Saint-Ulysse

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Since the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act was enacted in 2009, a majority of U.S. hospitals have adopted electronic health records (EHR) to improve quality of care. However, variations exist in the technology's capability and maturity, making it difficult for researchers to analyze the full impact. The purpose of this quantitative study was to explore the relationship between hospitals' EHR maturity and the quality measure of excess readmissions, as well as the relationship between hospital characteristics, specifically, hospital location and the number of licensed beds in Medicare hospitals (N = 1,006). Both the chi-square ...