Improvement in functioning and psychological distress in adolescents with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome following interdisciplinary treatment

Clinical Pediatrics

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This study involved 33 young people aged 11-18 with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS).  The 33 patients and their parents were put on an intensive 3 week outpatient rehabilitation program with the aim to improve the level of functioning of the patients, not to resolve POTS.

They found that the young people who had undertaken the program showed significant improvements in overall functional ability as well as a significant reduction psychological distress.  As the authors note, the findings show immediate positive results but further follow up over time is needed to see the long term effects of the program.

Publisher: SAGE journals

Barbara K. Bruce, Tracy E. Harrison, Susan M. Bee, Connie A. Luedtke, Co-Burn J. Porter, Philip R. Fischer, Sarah E. Hayes, Daniel A. Allman, Chelsea M. Ale,  and Karen E. Weiss, Article first published online: 15 March 2016, Clinical Pediatrics 2016, Vol. 55(14) 1300 –1304 (PDF link) (Abstract link)