Patient Interest in the Development of a Center for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome/Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder in the Chicagoland Region
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Background: The Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes (EDS) are a set of connective tissue disorders that are hereditary in nature and characterized by joint hypermobility and tissue fragility. The complex nature of this unique patient population requires multidisciplinary care, but appropriate centers for such care do not exist in large portions of the country. Need for more integrated services has been identified in the Chicagoland region. In order to explore and begin to address barriers to seeking out appropriate care facing EDS patients in this region, we developed an online survey which we circulated through EDS social media groups for Chicagoland patients.
Results: Three hundred and nine unique respondents participated. We found that there exists a strong medical need for and interest in the development of a center in the region, and participants reported that, if made available to them, that they would make extensive and regular use of such a facility.
Conclusions: We conclude that the establishment of a collaborative medical center specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of EDS, HSD, and related disorders in the Chicagoland area would greatly benefit patients by providing comprehensive care, alleviate the burden on overworked healthcare providers, and generate revenue for medical facilities.