The Pandemic and its Longer Term Impact on Chronic Pain Management
Nearly all patients (adults, children and adolescents) with pre-existing chronic pain found their care to be abruptly and sometimes profoundly altered. Appointments were canceled or changed to telephone visits, non-urgent surgical and interventional pain management procedures were put on hold, and maintaining ongoing prescriptions became precarious.
Health systems had to urgently modify their routines and either upgrade or newly acquire telemedicine strategies.
Patients’ longstanding struggles with anxiety, depression and social isolation worsened, and some had limited or no access to telemedicine technology.
Results of multiple studies of the patient experience and useful guides to successful telehealth implementation will be presented.
- Upon completion, participants will be able to understand the increased social burden that people with chronic pain face due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Upon completion, participants will be able to list and discriminate between different social threats that people with chronic pain are confronted with.
- Upon completion, participants will be able to identify several areas of high-impact future research in the domain of social aspects in pain to better understand the lasting consequences of the pandemic on people with chronic pain.