Thursday, April 28, 2011

Mortality in Heart Failure Tied to Health Literacy

By Todd Neale, Staff Writer, MedPage Today

Patients with heart failure who have lower health literacy may have an increased risk of death, researchers found.

In a single, integrated managed care organization, patients who had a poor understanding of basic health information were more likely to die through a median follow-up of 1.2 years (17.6% versus 6.3%, P=0.001), according to Pamela Peterson, MD, of Denver Health Medical Center, and colleagues.

Low health literacy was not, however, associated with risk of hospitalization, the researchers reported in the April 27 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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