Patient NAVIgation to Reduce Readmissions among Black Men with Heart Failure (NAVI-HF)
Among African American men with heart failure, one potentially promising area of focus may be the lay delivery of disease-specific self-care education. Patient navigators are uniquely poised to recognize barriers to self-care among African American men with heart failure and to assist them in devising and implementing tailored self-care plans.
Heart failure patients account for more than 1 million hospital discharges annually. African American men with heart failure tend to have higher hospital readmission rates compared to Caucasian men and are more likely to incur treatment-seeking delays following the onset of symptoms and to face other barriers to self-care. Increased morbidity from heart failure among African American men warrants the exploration of novel solutions for chronic disease management and the optimization of self-care.