McNaughton CD, Collins SP, Kripalani S, Rothman R, Self WH, Jenkins C, Miller K, Arbogast P, Naftilan A, Dittus RS, Storrow AB. Low numeracy is associated with increased odds of 30-day emergency department or hospital recidivism for patients with acute heart failure. Circulation. Heart failure. 2013 Jan;6(6). 40-6. PMID: 23230305 [PubMed] PMCID: PMC3663074 NIHMSID: NIHMS433288.
More than 25% of Medicare patients hospitalized for heart failure are readmitted within 30 days. The contributions of numeracy and health literacy to recidivism for patients with acute heart failure (AHF) are not known.