Date of Award

Summer 2022

Document Type

Final DNP Paper

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Family Nurse Practitioner

Department

Nursing

Faculty Chair

Arlinda Wormely

Abstract

Background: Connecting healthcare clinics and community resources can improve the health of patients. It is shown that this type of linkage is an effective approach to addressing health concerns and to potentially prevent long-term health issues.

Purpose: The purpose of the DNP project is to promote and provide a clinical-community linkage at a local specialty clinic to determine if the providers find that offering community resources to patients increases their perception of quality of care provided.

Methods: Utilizing a guideline set forth by the CDC, providers within a specialty clinic were provided with a pre-test to determine if their current knowledge and expectations of providing community resources to their patients, educated about local resources through a community leader, and presented with a referral system through an easy-to-use resource card. Providers were then provided post-surveys to determine their perception of the project and if they felt it was effective.

Results: Key results showed that 83.3% reported they did not know about community resources before the project, and that 50% of the providers believed this project would increase their workload. During the post-test, 100% of providers believed that they learned about resources, stated it did not increase their workload in any way, and that the project provided the sense of better-quality care provided to patients.

Conclusion: This project helped to stress the importance of linking clinics to community resources in order to assist their patients with all aspects of their overall health.

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