Low health literacy tied to worse heart failure outcomes

Low health literacy tied to worse heart failure outcomes

(HealthDay)—Poor health literacy is associated with worse heart failure outcomes, according to a review published in the June issue of JACC: Heart Failure.

Matteo Fabbri, M.D., from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and colleagues conducted a systematic literature review to evaluate associations between health literacy and health-related outcomes in patients with heart failure.

Based on 15 studies, the researchers found that an average of 24 percent of patients with had inadequate or marginal health literacy. There was an association between inadequate health literacy and higher unadjusted risk for mortality (risk ratio [RR], 1.67), hospitalizations (RR, 1.19), and emergency department visits (RR, 1.17). In an adjusted analysis, findings remained statistically significant for an association between health literacy and mortality (RR, 1.41) and hospitalizations (RR, 1.12). Two of four interventional studies effectively improved outcomes among patients with inadequate health literacy.

"These findings have important clinical and public implications and warrant measurement of and deployment of interventions to improve outcomes," the authors write.

Explore further

Heart failure patients with limited health literacy may have higher risk of death

More information: Abstract/Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Copyright © 2020 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Citation: Low health literacy tied to worse heart failure outcomes (2020, July 29) retrieved 18 September 2021 from https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-07-health-literacy-tied-worse-heart.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.

Feedback to editors