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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

doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e31829d6082

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.

Author Affiliations: Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Health Systems Administration (Dr Cloonan); Master’s Student, Health Systems Administration (Ms Wood); Assistant Professor, Human Science and Nursing Departments (Ms Riley), School of Nursing and Health Studies, Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Cloonan, School of Nursing and Health Studies, Department of Health Systems Administration, Georgetown University, 3700 Reservoir Rd, NW, Washington, DC 20057 (

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