In the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, the hospital systems, including practitioners, have indeed been overwhelmed. At the same time, there has been a significant rise in heart failure (HF) cases across the population, perhaps aggravated by other comorbidities such as diabetes and high blood pressure. The quest to ease the healthcare system is critical. Since hospital readmissions are likely to overwhelm the healthcare system with more work and increase healthcare costs, preventing readmissions is critical. Several studies have demonstrated that close follow-up after hospital discharge reduces readmission of congestive heart failure patients. In view of this, and with the intent to prevent hospital readmissions, the study utilizes a combination of intensive patient education and post-discharge follow-up strategies to achieve this course. In terms of follow-up interventions, they also encompass follow-up phone calls, office visits, and home nurse visits for continuous assessment of patients. The study focuses on ways to reinforce heart failure education during patient interactions with primary care, as well as a review of medications and discussions in symptom changes. The wealth of proposed improved education is the primary measure in preventing readmissions. The study, therefore, focuses on ways in which patients could be given adequate and appropriate information to enhance self-care and self-management. The application of Orem's Self Care theory also reinforces the objectives of this study. After conducting a literature review on the subject, a summary supports the study objectives. The study also proposes using a mixed research methodology in soliciting information from healthcare practitioners on this subject and HF patients. The social media tools would find willing HF patients who would participate in the study. The study's findings would show that improved patient education would prevent up to 50% of hospital readmission cases among HF patients.
Keywords: Heart Failure (HF), hospital readmissions, patient education, Orem’s Self Care Theory, self-care, self-management, and follow-up