From hospital to home: a brief nurse practitioner intervention for vulnerable older adults

J Gerontol Nurs. 2012 Mar;38(3):40-50. doi: 10.3928/00989134-20120116-01. Epub 2012 Feb 1.


A randomized controlled trial was conducted to evaluate the impact of a brief nurse practitioner (NP) intervention on care transitions among older hospitalized adults discharged to home (N = 199). Immediately following discharge, participants randomly assigned to the intervention received up to three home visits and two telephone calls from a registered NP that included medication review, care coordination, assessment of medical care needs, and brief coaching in self-management skills. Usual care participants received all standard medical care, including access to case management services. Intervention participants reported improved satisfaction with medical care (p = 0.008) and self-efficacy in managing medical conditions (p = 0.001) and had fewer primary care visits (p = 0.036) but no change in hospital readmissions at 6 months following enrollment. These findings suggest that intervening at the point of transition may extend the reach of the primary care physician by improving patient outcomes through nursing support at a high-risk period of care-the transition from hospital to home.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Continuity of Patient Care*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Nurse Practitioners*
  • Patient Discharge*
  • Patient Satisfaction