OTD Capstone Projects


This doctoral capstone experience was completed in partnership with TriStar Skyline Medical Center’s inpatient rehabilitation Readmission Reduction Program. This project was driven by a need to increase the provision of education for patients qualifying for this program to promote successful comorbidity management upon discharge to reduce avoidable readmissions. The primary focus of this project was to develop educational materials to promote an understanding of how to successfully manage Diabetes Mellitus, COPD, and CHF to reduce disease complications and avoidable readmissions. The educational materials were developed as online interactive modules for in-room education at the patient’s own pace with voice over and knowledge check components, regular PowerPoint presentations, and PDF handouts of the PowerPoint presentations with audio transcript. A central online platform was created to house the educational materials, as well as provide additional resource links for all comorbidities. In addition, evaluative post-education questions were developed to assess for patient-specific barriers commonly associated with readmission. These include questions related to social determinants of health, as well as health related behaviors.

Publication Date

Spring 4-14-2021

Faculty Mentor

Elena Espiritu, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR


Occupational Therapy, School of


Health Sciences & Nursing, Gordon E. Inman College of

Document Type

Scholarly Project


Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Degree Level


Degree Grantor

Belmont University


readmission reduction; diabetes; COPD; CHF; comorbidity management; comorbidities; readmission; comorbidity education; inpatient rehabilitation; chronic condition