Patients more aware of their condition keep readmissions, costs down

Patients who were more self-aware of their medical conditions and highly motivated to care for themselves were far less likely to be readmitted after a hospital stay than patients with low self-awareness, according to a new study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Those patients with low self-awareness of their medical condition were more than twice as likely as the high self-aware group to be readmitted, driving up costs. The study's authors suggested that hospitals ramp up patient education efforts as a way to drive down readmissions and save money. >> Read the full article at FierceHealthcare