Health Literacy and 30-Day Postdischarge Hospital Utilization

  title={Health Literacy and 30-Day Postdischarge Hospital Utilization},
  author={Suzanne E. Mitchell and Ekaterina Sadikova and Brian W. Jack and Michael K. Paasche-Orlow},
  journal={Journal of Health Communication},
  pages={325 - 338}
Low health literacy is associated with higher mortality, higher rates of hospitalization, and poor self-management skills for chronic disease. Early, unplanned hospital reutilization after discharge is a common and costly occurrence in U.S. hospitals. Still, few studies have examined the relation between health literacy and 30-day hospital reutilization rates. The authors examined the association between health literacy and 30-day reutilization of hospital services (readmission or return to the… 

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