Date of Award
College of Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Diane Fuller Switzer
Patients with kidney disease represent a group of people who are known to have comorbidities, high costs of care, decreased quality of life, and invasive interventions. In rural communities of Western Washington State, many nephrology patients experience factors evidenced to impede access to quality and timely management of their disease, compounding the risk for poor outcomes. Telenephrology is a novel modality of service delivery with the potential to make care more efficient, cost-effective, flexible, and accessible. The author created this project to develop a telenephrology program plan and evaluation for rural settings in Western Washington, informed by relevant epidemiology, pathophysiology, standards of care, and evidence in the literature. As there are a paucity of program plans specific to this service delivery in rural Western Washington, development of this project aims to substantiate the need for evidence-based implementation in this setting. The appraisal of barriers to care for this patient population was used to guide aspects of telenephrology program planning and evaluation to ensure intervention outcomes are equitable. This project provides grounds to support the adoption a new normal for nephrology care and utilizes the existing evidence to inform the planning and evaluating of telenephrology services, implementation processes, budget, and outcomes to assist healthcare providers and their institutions in successful integration of telenephrology in rural communities of Western Washington State.
Mattson, Carolyn J., "Grounds for a New Normal: Integration of Telenephrology in Rural Communities" (2021). Doctor of Nursing Practice Projects. 11.