Cardiovascular disease (CHD) is the world’s leading cause of death. Current clinical guidelines indicate that the highest priority in CHD prevention is the control and management of modifiable cardiovascular risk factors in daily practice. However, there is still a large gap between guideline recommendations and CHD risk factor management in daily practice. SURF fills the gap.
Clinical audits are considered as essential tools for recording and monitoring the standard of routine care and adherence to evidence-based guidelines. All with the goal to improve the quality of care and health outcomes.
With this mission in mind the SUrvey of Risk Factors for Coronary Heart Disease (SURF CHD) was designed. The simple clinical audit aimed to assess the recording and monitoring of cardiovascular risk factors and to evaluate guideline implementation in daily clinical practice worldwide. Its feasibility and applicability have been tested in pilots and Phase I SURF studies. A new phase of SURF, SURF II, has been launched in 2018.
In order for a clinical audit to be practicable in daily practice, it must be both simple and quick to undertake. These are key features of SURF. Its smart surveys are accessible via internet, filling in the SURF form only takes a few minutes.
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