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2020 Sep

Best Pract Res Clin Anaesthesiol



Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on chronic pain management: Looking for the best way to deliver care.


Puntillo F, Giglio M, Brienza N, Viswanath O, Urits I, Kaye AD, Pergolizzi J, Paladini A, Varrassi G
Best Pract Res Clin Anaesthesiol. 2020 Sep; 34(3):529-537.
PMID: 33004164.


Although pain treatment has been described as a fundamental human right, the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic forced healthcare systems worldwide to redistribute healthcare resources toward intensive care units and other COVID-19 dedicated sites. As most chronic pain services were subsequently deemed non-urgent, all outpatient and elective interventional procedures have been reduced or interrupted during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to reduce the risk of viral spread. The shutdown of pain services jointly to the home lockdown imposed by governments has affected chronic pain management worldwide with additional impact on patients' psychological health. Therefore, the aim of this review is to analyze the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on chronic pain treatment and to address what types of strategies can be implemented or supported in order to overcome imposed limitations in delivery of chronic pain patient care.