Experts come together to share their experiences of managing long COVID
Clinicians from primary care, cardiology, medical physicians and menopause specialists have joined forces to publish their observations and present an overview of their findings in relation to helping individuals with long COVID.
An optimum care pathway for long COVID has yet to be agreed nationally as good quality research into long COVID takes it’s time to emerge. There is a variety in models of care across the UK for this patient population, and for some areas there are no specific services.
GPs, Dr Harsha Master, Dr Ashish Chaudhry, Dr Sarah Glynne, cardiologist Dr Nicholas Gall, physician Dr Paul Glynne and founder of NHMS, Dr Louise Newson share their knowledge and experience on the recognition, diagnosis, and management of long COVID and its associated conditions.
Published this month in Guidelines in Practice, the in-depth article provides practical clinical advice for any healthcare professional working with individuals with this condition, including explaining the definition, prevalence and symptoms of long COVID, alternative diagnoses to exclude, identification of red flag symptoms, and a wealth of information based on their experience of managing long COVID clinics and offering holistic management to their patients. Included in the article is also a section on menstrual changes and menopause in women with long COVID.
Professor Trisha Greenhalgh from the University of Oxford had this to say on the article:
“Two years ago, long COVID was a new and strange disease of unknown cause, and many primary care clinicians felt underconfident to manage patients suspected of having this condition. While many unanswered questions remain, there are also now evidence-based pathways we can follow for assessing, investigating, and managing patients with long COVID. This article by an interdisciplinary team is an excellent starting point.”