About This Program
UT Health Austin’s Post-COVID-19 Program aims to provide comprehensive evaluation and management for adult patients (18 years and older) experiencing new or persistent changes to their health following a COVID-19 illness. We research the causes and treatments of long COVID, which is scientifically known as post-acute sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC) and commonly referred to as “post-COVID-19.” Patients with long COVID also often refer to themselves as “long-haulers,” and experience a variety of symptoms, including fatigue, shortness of breath, difficulty with thinking and concentration, neurologic symptoms, and anxiety. Our goal is to provide patients and healthcare providers with the tools to understand and manage long COVID. Our research, understanding, and management of this illness is evolving.
At UT Health Austin, we take a multidisciplinary approach to your care. The Post-COVID-19 Program care team includes specialists in internal medicine, neurology, social work, and more, who work together to create an individualized recovery plan. We also work alongside specialists across Ophthalmology and Rheumatology and collaborate closely with referring physicians and other partners in the community who have experience treating patients with long COVID, including physical therapists and pulmonologists.
We also collaborate with our colleagues at the Dell Medical School and The University of Texas at Austin in addition to community healthcare professionals to utilize the latest research, diagnostic, and treatment techniques, allowing us to learn more about this emerging illness and develop diagnostic and therapeutic guidance as well as referral pathways to specialty providers. Advanced imaging and lab testing are also available on-site if needed.
Appointments with the Post-COVID-19 Program are available by referral only. Speak with your primary care provider to request a referral. If you need assistance with getting a referral or have any questions, please call 1-833-UT-CARES (1-833-882-2737).
Prior to your initial appointment, you will receive multiple emails requesting you to register as a patient at UTHA. You will also receive an email with a detailed questionnaire about your Post-COVID-19 symptoms. We ask that you follow the enrollment instructions in the emails and complete all questionnaires as soon as possible to ensure your providers have time to review your answers prior to your visit.
Your initial visit can take up to 2-3 hours. We spend a lot of time addressing your concerns and answering your questions. You will see several different members of the care team during your visit, including a medical assistant for intake, a social worker, and a research coordinator as well as your medical provider. We will evaluate your wellness, including any personal, mental health, cognitive, or rehabilitation needs. After the assessment has been completed, we will recommend a personalized care plan and provide referrals to other medical specialists as needed. You may also have the opportunity to meet with a research coordinator to discuss your interest in participating in ongoing studies at The University of Texas at Austin. A summary of your visit will be sent to your UTHA online patient portal 1-2 days after your visit. Every phase of your assessment and all recommendations will also be shared with your primary care provider as well as any designated caregivers.
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UT Health Austin is housed in the Health Transformation Building (HTB). The HTB is located in downtown Austin, TX on The University of Texas at Austin campus and neighbors the Dell Medical School research and learning buildings as well as the Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas.
This facility is outfitted with the latest state-of-the-art technology and organized to support an unmatched level of multidisciplinary care. Patients have access to all of the resources and amenities UT Health Austin has to offer, including attached garage parking, comfortable waiting areas, an on-site cafe, a full-service H-E-B pharmacy, advanced imaging and lab testing, and an Ambulatory Surgery Center for same-day surgical care.