Neurological Institute Outcomes
Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)
Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome Patients With Shared Medical Appointment: Change in COMPASS 31 Scores (N = 156)
2016 – 2020
Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is an under-recognized autonomic disorder. It is estimated that nearly half a million Americans suffer from POTS. Its common symptoms may include symptomatic changes in heart rate, blood pressure, and perspiration, gait instability, and difficulty in concentration, as well as changes in internal organ function. Recently, Cleveland Clinic has offered a shared medical appointment (SMA) for POTS patients. SMA is an innovative, interactive, and effective approach that brings patients with common needs together in lengthy discussion sessions. During SMA, patients relate to other people who are dealing with similar health issues, share stories and ideas, learn from each other, and create a bond. Although discussions are joined by healthcare professionals, patients can also be seen by healthcare professionals in a private room for individualized care, if needed.
COMPASS = Composite Autonomic Symptom Score