Assessment and Evaluation of Patient’s Medication Knowledge Post Ischemic Stroke: A Quality Improvement Project
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Many stroke patients will suffer impairments, while post-stroke treatment can be extensive, it is important to provide proper education on medication management. Reduced medication knowledge, compliance, and lack of understanding of secondary stroke prevention illustrate a possible discrepancy in the education post-stroke patients receive. This study took place at a Midwestern Hospital that is a Comprehensive Stroke Center. The evaluation tools used were a Medication Survey and The Belief Medicine Questionnaire alongside an educational video proposed to post-stroke patients that discharged home. Post surveys evaluated the patient’s knowledge and management of anti-platelet medication post educational video one-week post discharge. Stroke patients should be aware of side effects and the indication of anti-platelets for prevention of a reoccurring stroke. After the eight-week implementation, 35 participants met the inclusion criteria. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze the QI project’s participants resulting in an 89% increase in medication knowledge post Medication Survey. The interpretation shows that 89% of the participants had increased points after the educational video. While the descriptive BMQ was found to have inconsistent scoring and shows in this project that although you can assess one’s perceptions of medicines the utilization of this tool may not be beneficial. The outcomes of this quality improvement project support that implementation of the educational video on antiplatelet medication can increase a patient’s medication knowledge and participation in medication knowledge to improve patient outcomes.
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