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Date of Graduation

Spring 2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)


School of Nursing


Betsy Herron

Erika Metzler Sawin

Carolyn Schubert


Background: The teach-back method is a method of education that is being used with heart failure patients in order to improve their quality of education and lower readmission rates. This literature review is aimed at synthesizing studies conducted to determine the efficacy of the teach-back method with this specific patient population.

Methods: Electronic searches of CINAHL and PubMed were performed through James Madison University libraries. Articles selected for inclusion were evaluated for study design, relevance, and sample size.

Results: Three studies met eligibility criteria, these studies showed statistically significant evidence that the teach-back method did reduce readmission rates in heart failure patients.

Discussion: Hospital education programs should include the teach-back method in their existing education program in order to reduce readmission rates. Further studies should be done on a more diverse population and the long term results of the teach-back method.

Keywords: heart failure, education, teach-back, readmission rates, discharge education, quality improvement



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