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DNP Project




Background: Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) is a production of plaque buildup in the arterial walls that can lead to a myocardial infarction (MI) or cerebrovascular accident (CVA). Atherosclerosis can be caused by multiple of factors such as hyperlipidemia, hypertension, and smoking. The ASCVD risk calculator follows a standardized educational guideline for healthcare providers for recommendations to improve patient outcomes and decrease complications. Utilization of the Nurse Practitioner (NP) for ASCVD management in a primary office setting allows for improve medical management of ASCVD. Purpose: Development of an NP-led educational program in the primary care setting to improve the efficacy of health care providers knowledge on the ASCVD risk calculator and utilizing it into practice. Participants: 6-9 healthcare providers in a South Florida primary care clinic. Method: A quality improvement (QI) project with a pre- and post-design design measuring healthcare providers self-efficacy scoring with the ASCVD Risk Calculator Questionnaire. Educational guidelines given by a voiceover PowerPoint. Information is based on the ASCVD Risk Calculator created by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology. Results: Nine healthcare providers completed pretest and six completed the posttest. Based on the assessment clinical knowledge questions there was an increased knowledge of the ASCVD risk calculator.. Discussion: The primary healthcare providers had increased knowledge and awareness of the ASCVD Risk Calculator. Limitations of the pilot study was having a small sample size, the responses of the healthcare providers returning for posttest, and the anonymity of the participants.