AHA advocates surveys to facilitate communication with patients

05/9/2013 | MedPage Today (free registration) · DailyRx.com

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.

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