Background: The COVID-19 pandemic took the world by storm in the beginning stages of 2020. Public health agencies were overwhelmed, undermanned, and therefore slow to respond. Information began to flow at an unprecedented rate. Yet, very limited resources were put into place to present this information or to instruct the public on evidence-based prevention, treatment, or care at home during active infection.
Intervention: A project website was created and accessed through a QR code on the project flyer or by entering the URL into any browser. Participants were able to access three evidence- based video modules, which introduced the idea of creating a COVID-19 action plan and provided the tools necessary to formulate an effective plan in conjunction with a healthcare provider, ideally prior to infection.
Results: Participants (n=29) were neither likely nor unlikely to have an organized COVID-19 action plan prior to the intervention (M = 3.10, SD = 1.113). Participants (n=28) were much more likely to implement an organized COVID action plan after the intervention (M = 4.36, SD = .780). A Wilcoxon Matched Pairs Signed-Rank Test indicated that this difference was statistically significant T = 210.000, z = 4.008, p < .001.
Conclusion: Though this project had noteworthy limitations, it serves as a template for future research projects and patient education quality improvement initiatives. With ever limited time for the clinician and patient interaction, it is time healthcare evolves to provide the quality of patient education that leads to genuine shared decision-making and improved compliance.
Hustad, Brian S., "Creating a Pre-Illness COVID-19 Action Plan: A Web-Based Public Education Initiative" (2022). DNP Research Projects. 49.
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