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Journal of Nursing Administration:
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e31829d6082
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Reducing 30-Day Readmissions: Health Literacy Strategies

Cloonan, Patricia PhD, RN; Wood, Jade MA, MFTI; Riley, Joan B. MS, MSN, FNP-BC, FAAN

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Abstract

The imperatives of the Affordable Care Act to reduce 30-day readmissions present challenges and opportunities for nurse administrators. The literature suggests success in reducing readmissions through enhancing patient-centered discharge processes, focusing on medication reconciliation, improving coordination with community-based providers, and effective patient self-management of their disease and treatment. Evidence-based interventions addressing low health literacy, when used with all patients, hold promise to promote understanding and self-management. Strategies addressing low health literacy aimed at reducing 30-day readmissions are identified and discussed.

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