Asking heart patients to complete a standardized survey about their cardiovascular health and quality of life may help physicians deliver superior care and achieve better patient outcomes, according to a scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Questionnaires vary by diagnosis, but each is designed to gauge patients' mental and physical function and emotional well-being. "Cardiovascular patient health status measures may also inform clinical decision making, target health care resources, and enable accurate surveillance of disease burden," the authors wrote.
AHA advocates surveys to facilitate communication with patients
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