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The three-year study conducted by the Pennsylvania Homecare Association and Penn State University is designed to evaluate how telehealth affects not only patient care but also home health’s ability to continue providing care during the nursing shortage. In addition to looking at agency workloads, this study assessed home health nurses’ attitudes towards their jobs and their response to telehealth. A total of 1,241 surveys were distributed to home health agencies participating in the study, with a total of 629 surveys returned. Respondents were asked to score their responses on a scale of 1 (low) to 5 (high).
Study coordinators also looked at the relationship between telehealth and nurse retention rates. A measurement of the annual turnover rate for each of the 34 participating home health agencies was taken. Data show the following:
Source: Pennsylvania Homecare Association, Lemoyne, PA.