A tool designed to assess what interferes with acute heart failure patients' ability to care for themselves after hospital discharge holds promise for improving patient outcomes and reducing hospital readmissions.

A patient survey, designed by researchers at Vanderbilt University, was published online in Annals of Emergency Medicine, along with patient responses that shed light on the non-medical issues that limit patients' ability to care for themselves. Quantitative analysis of the responses was performed in IBM's SPSS analytic software.

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