Better-informed patients cut readmissions, costs

Patients that are better informed about their medical conditions are more likely to avoid hospitalizations, according to a new Hebrew Rehabilitation Center/Harvard University study. Patients that had more information through consultations and other methods of communication about their conditions saw their rehospitalization rates drop to 13.3 percent from 16.5 percent, a nearly 20 percent reduction. The study was published in the most recent issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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