At Parsley Health, data is a huge part of what we do—from ensuring that our members have access to their medical records at any time, to using data points to guide our care. We also use data to track how members are doing, so we can get a better idea of what’s working and what isn’t.
That’s why we created a proprietary digital survey tool, the Parsley Symptom Tracker, to help us assess how they’re feeling.
The Parsley Symptom Tracker is a quiz that members complete at the beginning of their membership and before every visit with a clinician or health coach. It’s how our members and their medical teams see their progress over time.
The quiz looks at nine body areas, from musculoskeletal and digestive health and hormonal and mental health, with questeions that evaluate your symptoms over the course of the past 14 days. As you take the quiz multiple times over the course of your membership, your results show us how symptoms in these nine body areas are worsening or improving. The total score, called the Parsley Symptom Index (PSI), gives us a snapshot of your health: are you well, symptomatic, or sick?
We created the Parsley Symptoms Tracker because there just isn’t anything like it out there. We wanted a tool that addressed the symptoms of people at all ages, at any time in their health journey. We wanted something in-depth and specific, but still short and easy to do.
Finally, we recognized that in Parsley Health’s health care model , where we have a long-term relationship with our members, it’s essential to capture how people are feeling about their health in a systematic way.
So, we followed FDA guidelines to build a patient-reported outcomes survey, or PRO Survey. These PROS are used side by side with diagnostic test data (AKA, your test results) and physician assessment data (meaning your clinician's assessment and diagnosis of your condition). Together, these data sets give the most accurate view of your health.
Historically, no one has asked the patient how they felt—only the clinician's view and the lab tests mattered. Now, the patient perspective is paramount, and it’s central to how we work at Parsley Health.
The Parsley Symptom Tracker is eye-opening for most people. When asked to take stock of their bodies from head to toe, our members often realize things about how they're feeling.
This quiz also helps them visualize their progress. Often, a member will forget that some of the things they originally came in for are totally better! When they see their original score, the difference can be surprising.
The Parsley Symptom Tracker is invaluable to our clinicians and health coaches. Right before a visit, we look at a member’s tracker to get a snapshot of what is going on with them before they even arrive. This data enables us to optimize a member’s personalized plan and change things up if improvements aren’t coming quickly enough.
The Parsley Symptom Tracker helps Parsley as an organization see how our members are doing, both on the whole and within certain areas, like neurological or hormonal health. It’s just one anonymized data point, but it’s really helpful alongside diagnostic tests and clinicians' assessments. We are committed to always doing better and looking at our data helps us improve our care .
We're now working with outside organizations like the Institute for Functional Medicine to share the Parsley Symptom Tracker more widely, so other practices can use it to. Our goal is for this tool to benefit medicine as a whole.
Dr. Robin Berzin is the Founder and CEO of Parsley Health, America's leading holistic medical practice designed to help women overcome chronic conditions. She founded Parsley to address the rising tide of chronic disease in America through personalized holistic medicine that puts food, lifestyle, and proactive diagnostic testing on the prescription pad next to medications. Since founding Parsley in 2016, Dr. Berzin has seen 80% of patients improve or resolve their chronic conditions within their first year of care, demonstrating the life-changing value of making modern holistic medicine accessible to everyone, anywhere. Parsley is available online nationwide.
Dr. Berzin attended medical school at Columbia University and trained in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Her book, Prescription for Happiness: How to Eat, Move, and Supplement for Peak Mental Health, was published by Simon Element in January 2022.