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Tag: Health Literacy

Changing Patient Behavior: Identifying and Addressing Barriers | Man Breaking Cigarette in Half

Changing Patient Behavior: Identifying and Addressing Barriers

When treating certain health conditions, physicians are faced with the challenge of motivating patients to change their behaviors. Successful management of lifestyle diseases, such as obesity, heart disease, and Type 2 diabetes, hinges on a patient’s willingness and ability to alter their day-to-day actions, including diet, exercise, smoking, and drinking—but what happens when there are barriers...

Health Disparities, Health Literacy, Patient Behavior, Patient Centered Care, Patient Compliance, Patient Engagement, Social Determinants

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Reducing Hospital Readmissions: 5 Strategies | Nurse Helping Patient Out of Bed

Reducing Hospital Readmissions: 5 Strategies

One key measure of hospital care quality is the facility’s readmission rates, or the percentage of patients who experience unplanned readmission after a previous stay. Readmissions are expensive—more than $14,000 per readmission in costs to the hospital, on average, according to the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project. Even though hospitals may end up making a net profit from a patient’s...

Care Guidance, Health Disparities, Health Literacy, HRRP, Nursing, Patient Behavior, Patient Compliance, Patient Engagement, Patient Navigation, Readmissions, Social Determinants

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What are Social Determinants of Health?

What are Social Determinants of Health?

Social determinants of health (SDOH) is a term used to describe the conditions where people live, learn, work, play, and age that directly affect their health outcomes and risks. While the ability to influence these factors has traditionally been viewed as something outside the role of clinical care, government initiatives are placing increasing responsibility for a patient’s whole health...

Health Disparities, Health Literacy, Social Determinants

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Health Literacy and Hospital Readmission Rates

Health Literacy and Hospital Readmission Rates

Readmission rates are a concern for many hospitals, as admitting the same patient multiple times is costly, and, if readmission rates for the facility are higher than average, it can lead to penalties under the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP). As such, many organizations are continuously looking for ways to reduce readmission rates, including...

AMI, Health Disparities, Health Literacy, HRRP, Readmissions, Social Determinants

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