Special Issue of PAIN Reports Examines Pain Related to COVID-19 in Europe, North America, and China

Apr 13, 2021


IASP Also Plans May 2021 Virtual Session on COVID-19 and Pain Relief

WASHINGTON, DC – April 12, 2021 – The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) has released a special issue of PAIN Reports that includes 11 peer-reviewed articles examining multiple aspects of pain related to COVID- 19. Reports from Europe, North America, and China describe region-specific experiences of the initial wave of the pandemic, including how the respective health care systems were impacted and how they rapidly evolved to meet the challenge of managing new pain while continuing to provide care for existing chronic pain patients.

Articles in the special issue of Pain Reports discuss a range of pain-related COVID-19 issues:

  1. Telehealth and chronic pain management, from rapid adaptation to long term implementation in pain medicine: A narrative review
  2. Effects of COVID-19 pandemic on chronic pain in Spain: a scoping review
  3. A clinical primer for the expected and potential post-COVID-19 syndromes
  4. Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the pharmacological, physical, and psychological treatments of pain: findings from the Chronic Pain & COVID-19 Pan-Canadian Study
  5. Potential for increased prevalence of neuropathic pain after the COVID-19 pandemic 
  6. Pain during and after COVID-19 in Germany and worldwide: narrative review of current knowledge
  7. Neurobiology of SARS-CoV-2 interactions with the peripheral nervous system: implications for COVID-19 and pain
  8. Unintended consequences of COVID-19 safety measures on patients with chronic knee pain forced to defer joint replacement surgery
  9. The early influence of COVID-19 pandemic-associated restrictions on pain, mood, and everyday life of patients with painful polyneuropathy
  10. Patient-led research for COVID-19: embedding patients in the long COVID narrative.
  11. Pain during and after COVID-19: Chinese perspectives.

In addition, IASP will offer a complimentary virtual program, May 19-21, Elevating Healthcare Professionals and Available Resources - The Latest on COVID-19 and Pain, which will provide new insight into acute pain implications in the onset of COVID-19, as well as the  complications and long-term impact of the disease.

About IASP

The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) works to support research, education, clinical treatment, and better patient outcomes for all pain conditions with the goal of improving pain relief worldwide.

With more than 5,800 members representing 134 countries, 96 national chapters, and 24 Special Interest Groups (SIGs), IASP fosters the exchange of ideas and education to advance the field of pain science. Membership is open to all professionals involved in research, diagnosis, or treatment of pain. Patients with lived experiences contribute at all levels in the organization.


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David Harrison