This is an excellent article on programs to help Covid Long Haulers. There is a very powerful story about a Covid patient and her recovery which mirrors many of us and our personal stories. What I found most interesting about this article by WebMD is the section on the use of multidisciplinary teams in helping long Covid patients. As highlighted below, the goal of a post Covid recovery program is to act as a central contact for multiple medical disciplines. I know from my own experience that acting as my own medical “project manager” has been a major frustration for me in my own care. Daily calls to providers to make appointments, getting referrals for specialists and then dealing with insurance. The whole process of managing multiple lab visits requested by different doctors, scans and tests is all very uncoordinated.
I hope you enjoy this article.
One goal of the post-COVID recovery programs is to provide a central source for all needed health care providers. “We are trying to avoid [the need] for the patient to go shopping for many different doctors,” says Rachel Zabner, MD, an infectious disease specialist and co-director of the COVID-19 Recovery Program launched this year at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
The program, like many, starts with a comprehensive in-person evaluation by either an infectious disease or pulmonary medicine specialist.
Depending on the patient needs, referrals are made to other specialists. Those specialists vary by program, and they include:
- Infectious disease specialists
- Pulmonary medicine doctors
- Primary care doctors
- Kidney specialists
- Physical and occupational therapists
- Therapists and social workers