SAN FRANCISCO, July 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- MyHealthTeams today introduced an exclusive video Q&A with Dr. Georgine Lamvu to the more than 100,000 U.S. members of MyEndometriosisTeam, the largest social network for women diagnosed with endometriosis. The physician Q&A adds to the growing list of patient education initiatives rolled out by AbbVie and MyHealthTeams, including the Endometriosis Resource Center housed directly on MyEndometriosisTeam.
Created in response to members' growing concerns about what they need to know and do in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the video addresses key topics including risk factors, strategies for best managing telehealth appointments, practical tips for mental health and wellness, and considerations around pregnancy. Many women who'd planned to have endometriosis-related surgeries have had their procedures delayed or cancelled during this time, and Dr. Lamvu provides guidance on alternative approaches to managing pain and suppressing flares. Dr. Lamvu is a gynecologic surgeon, pelvic pain specialist, and professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Central Florida.
"Well-informed patients have better interactions with their doctors, which drives better health outcomes," said Sean Bogdany, SVP Partnerships at MyHealthTeams. "In the current environment, with many people interacting less frequently with their doctors, online education programs like this work we're doing with AbbVie are an essential tool in empowering patients."
The Endometriosis Resource Center, which has already been utilized nearly 30,000 times since its launch in early March, features educational content including:
- The Pain You Feel Is Real – a primer on the disease, its symptoms, and answers to common questions following diagnosis
- Treating Your Endometriosis: Why, How, When and What – an objective overview on why treatment is important and an introduction to different approaches and options
- How To Get The Most Out Of Endometriosis Discussions With Your Doctor – a guide to effectively discussing symptoms, issues and goals
- Endometriosis Myths and Facts – research- and evidence-based truths about the disease and its impacts
- Beyond Endometriosis: Taking Care Of Your Whole Self – actionable insights and tips for a multi-disciplinary approach to living with endometriosis
MyHealthTeams' work in endometriosis is supported by AbbVie and is grounded in a long-standing commitment to understanding the real-world experience of individuals living with endometriosis and addressing unmet patient needs. Collaborative research conducted among members of MyEndometriosisTeam has been published by the Journal of Pain Research, the Journal of Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Disorders, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the International Pelvic Pain Society.
MyHealthTeams believes that if you are diagnosed with a chronic condition, it should be easy to find and connect with others like you. MyHealthTeams creates social networks for people living with a chronic health condition. Millions of people have joined one of the company's 37 highly engaged communities focusing on the following conditions: Crohn's and colitis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, fibromyalgia, pulmonary hypertension, spondylitis, eczema, myeloma, hyperhidrosis, vitiligo, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, leukemia, lymphoma, irritable bowel syndrome, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, epilepsy, hemophilia, hidradenitis suppurative, depression, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, spinal muscular atrophy, COPD, chronic pain, migraines, food allergies, obesity, HIV, PCOS, endometriosis, breast cancer and autism. MyHealthTeams' social networks are available in 13 countries.