Cardiovascular Health: The Importance of Measuring Patient-Reported Health Status A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association

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This article from the journal Circulation provides scientific justification for the importance of patient-reported health status.  This article is one of the clearest statements of the importance of patient reported measures of cardiovascular health, and it provides further support the use of HRAs in population health efforts.  This research statement defines patient health status in the context of cardiovascular health and then describes key aspects of patient health status surveys, with an emphasis on currently available cardiovascular disease (CVD)–specific instruments. Subsequent sections synthesize the current literature, providing examples of studies that have used cardiovascular patient–reported health status measures both as outcomes and as independent (predictor) variables. The statement then describes potential uses of cardiovascular patient–reported health status in clinical decision making and population health surveillance, noting barriers that need to be overcome to realize this potential.  Published: 2013

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