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Document Type

DNP - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Brandi Pravecek


telehealth, post-operative, satisfaction, virtual care


Introduction: As healthcare continues to evolve and access to quality care remains the focus for patients and providers, delivery of post-operative care needs to be examined. Telehealth provides an opportunity to address barriers in current healthcare practices and patient satisfaction.
Methods: In a literature review utilizing Ovid MEDLINE, CINAHL, and PubMed databases, the impact of telehealth on post-operative care was examined. Evidence findings demonstrate that telehealth positively impacts patient experience and satisfaction by increasing access to care, adequately allowing providers to safely address postoperative symptoms and care, and increasing comfort of use of telehealth systems.
Gaps: Gaps in the literature include the need for additional research on the impact of telehealth in rural post-operative patients and in ophthalmic post-operative care, the need for an exploration of telehealth in post-operative care for aging men and women of all races, and the need for long-term exploration of the impacts of telehealth.
Recommendations for Practice: Based on the results of the evidence and the stated gaps in the current literature, the recommendations for practice include implementing telehealth appointments for the post-operative care of cataract patients in a rural ophthalmology setting and examining the impact on patient satisfaction, access to care, and comfort level.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Medical telematics.
Postoperative care.
Patient satisfaction.

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