First Advisor

Ernst, Diane

Thesis Committee Member(s)

Cullen, Patricia L.


Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice


Loretto Heights School of Nursing

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

69 pages


Executive Summary: This hepatitis C virus knowledge improvement capstone project is an evidence base practice educational intervention project in a military setting. Problem It is estimated that 3.2 to 4.1 million persons are living with chronic hepatitis C and that 4.2 million to 5.1 million people are antibody positive in the United States. Hepatitis C virus accounted for approximately 15,000 infections and 8,000 to 10,000-deaths annually. The Institute of Medicine reports that healthcare providers have a generally poor knowledge of hepatitis C and that a possible solution can be achieved through increased provider understanding of hepatitis C. Purpose The purpose of this evidence-based practice project was to improve the knowledge of health care providers in the area of hepatitis C as recommended by the Institute of Medicine. Goal The goal was to design and implement a hepatitis C virus educational program to meet the knowledge needs of the health care providers. Objectives The objectives for this project included: 1) Complete the Hepatitis C Virus Education Needs Assessment Questionnaire by health care providers at a military treatment facility in Colorado, 2) Design and implement an evidence-based practice educational improvement project for health care providers, 3) Evaluate the effectiveness of an evidence-based practice educational improvement project on provider hepatitis C virus knowledge using the hepatitis C virus pretest-posttest. Plan Assess health care providers learning needs by administering a needs assessment questionnaire, developing a teaching plan to focus on the areas of need, and present an educational intervention. The effectiveness of the educational intervention will be measured using a pretest-posttest. Outcomes and Results All three project objective were met. Objective one found several areas needing intervention. Objective two developed a comprehensive teaching plan. Objective three found a significant difference in the aggregate scores for pretest (M=12.9, SD=3.50) and posttest (M=20.0, SD=2.83) after the educational intervention; t (29) =8.820, p =< .001. These results suggest that the educational intervention improved health care provider's knowledge of hepatitis C. Keywords: DNP capstone project; hepatitis C educational interventions; hepatitis C teaching plans; hepatitis C teaching best practices.

Date of Award

Fall 2013

Location (Creation)

Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)

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