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Background: Dyslipidemia is noted to be a leading cause of death globally. In the United States, patient compliance with medical advice for treating dyslipidemia is often overlooked, exacerbating health complications for the patient. The lack of patient engagement with care has been traced back to a lack of provider knowledge and poor counseling of patients to foster participation in their care.
Aim: This quality improvement project aimed to educate providers about the proper management of dyslipidemia to improve their knowledge of the topic.
Methodology: A pre-/post-educational intervention design was used to evaluate the knowledge of healthcare providers working in convenient care clinics. Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) working in this setting voluntarily agreed to have their knowledge of the management of dyslipidemia assessed, to participate in an educational program, and to have their knowledge of the topic measured following an educational intervention.
Results: N = 24 providers agreed to participate in the project. Of these, a majority were women (n = 23, 96%) and of Latino race (n = 11, 46%). Mean knowledge scores were tabulated before (M = 5.5, SD = 3.48) and after (M = 13.5, SD = 4.41) the educational program. The results indicated an increase in knowledge found to be statistically significant, t(23) = 5.33, p <.001.
Implications: The results of this quality improvement project support the use of education to increase knowledge of the proper management of dyslipidemia. Over time, increased provider knowledge should correlate with changes in practice that improve patient engagement with their care and outcomes for patient health.
Diaz, Annery, "Bridging the Knowledge Gap in the Management of Dyslipidemia: A Quality Improvement Project." (2022). Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing Student Projects. 121.