Date of Graduation
School of Nursing
The largest increase in preventable overdose deaths from 1999-2017 occurred among adults 50 and older, yet substance misuse among older adults is often not screened for or recognized in primary care settings. This oversight has been attributed to many factors, including age-related biases, unrecognized psychosocial and physiological differences, stigmatization, and a rapidly growing geriatric population.
A quality improvement program using evidence-based educational training was implemented in a primary care setting with the intention to expand care knowledge and ultimately improve screening practices of older adults, especially those suffering from substance misuse.
This quality improvement (QI) project used a pre-test and post-test to evaluate the effectiveness of an evidence-based educational intervention designed by the DNP student.
Participants were recruited from a large community health center in West Virginia and invited to an educational session.
A statistical significant improvement in post-test scores (p
The evidence-based training program used for this QI project is an effective, feasible, and cost efficient training tool to improve knowledge of the care of older adults in a primary care setting.
Lopez, Kelly, "Quality Improvement of Substance Misuse Screening of Older Adults in Primary Care Using Evidence-based Training" (2020). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 7801.