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Long covid: “Holistic” approach is best, given range of symptoms, say researchers

BMJ 2022; 376 doi: (Published 08 February 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;376:o336
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

New research on long covid in adults and children supports the multidisciplinary approach to clinical care that is being provided at long covid clinics in England, experts have said.

“Long covid seems to be a condition where multiple symptoms are very common,” said Terence Stephenson, Nuffield professor of child health at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health in London, told a Science Media Centre briefing.

“I think the services that have been set up in England for young people do address that. They are holistic and comprehensive in their approach, rather than addressing single organs or single problems,” said Stephenson, who is the lead author of the Children and Young People with Long Covid (Clock) study, published in Lancet Adolescent and Child Health.1 “If you have a mixture of symptoms of headache, cough, and dizziness, you probably want to go to a service that can deal with …

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