Patients diagnosed with a blood clot in the legs (deep vein thrombosis), or lung (pulmonary embolism) often have questions regarding not only their physical well-being, but also their emotional health. PE & DVT Support Groups help to address some of these questions and assist in the psychological as well as the physical rehabilitation of patients diagnosed with PE and/or DVT.
Support Groups offer a supportive environment in which patients can share common concerns, discuss medical treatment, and consider possible implications of their illness.
Support Group meetings begin at 7:00 PM, and are held at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston on the 5th floor of the Shapiro building. To register, email Kathryn Mikkelsen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 1993 Samuel Z. Goldhaber, MD and Ruth Morrison, RN, CVN started the Pulmonary Embolism Support Group at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. The purpose of the group is to focus on the unmet emotional needs of patients diagnosed with a PE or DVT, as well as to provide accurate, up-to-date information about this chronic condition. 18 years later, their Support Group has over 160 members and continues to meet every 4 to 6 weeks.
In 2010, work began to replicate this successful support group throughout the United States and Canada with the help of funding from Sanofi Aventis.