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Post-COVID-19 Syndrome Clinical Pathway for the US Veterans Health Administration.
Campos CL, Nguyen C, Crothers K, Awan O, Miller FJ, Sedillo C, Vachachira J, May CB, Gustavson AM, Lindheimer JB. Post-COVID-19 Syndrome Clinical Pathway for the US Veterans Health Administration. Journal of clinical pathways : the foundation of value-based care. 2023 Jan 1; 9(1):22-28.
The Department of Veterans Health Affairs (VHA) has launched 22 multispecialty post-COVID-19 clinics across the US for the growing number of veterans experiencing long-term sequelae after acute COVID-19 infection. While evidence-based treatments for this syndrome are under investigation, there is a critical need to establish and disseminate clinical pathways (CPWs) based on knowledge and experience gained in those clinics. This VHA CPW is intended to guide primary care clinicians who care for patients experiencing dyspnea and/or cough during post-COVID-19 syndrome (PCS), which includes symptoms and abnormalities persisting or present beyond 12 weeks of the onset of acute COVID-19. This effort will help guide and standardize the care of veterans across the VHA, improve health outcomes, and effectively utilize health care resources. This article summarizes our stepwise diagnostic approach for patients presenting with PCS dyspnea and/or cough in primary care; it also highlights teleconsultation and telerehabilitation as opportunities to reach those in rural areas or with transportation barriers and improve reach for specialized services.