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2022 Feb 09

Children (Basel)



Experiences of Pediatric Pain Professionals Providing Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Qualitative Study.


Killackey T, Baerg K, Dick B, Lamontagne C, Poolacherla R, Finley AG, Noel M, Birnie KA, Choinière M, Pagé GM, Dassieu L, Lacasse A, Lalloo C, Poulin P, Ali S, Battaglia M, Campbell F, Harris L, Mohabir V, Nishat F, et al.
Children (Basel). 2022 Feb 09; 9(2).
PMID: 35204950.


Chronic pain affects 1 in 5 youth, many of whom manage their pain using a biopsychosocial approach. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the way that healthcare is delivered. As part of a larger program of research, this study aimed to understand the impact of the pandemic on pediatric chronic pain care delivery including impact on patients' outcomes, from the perspective of pediatric healthcare providers. A qualitative descriptive study design was used and 21 healthcare providers from various professional roles, clinical settings, and geographic locations across Canada were interviewed. Using a reflexive thematic analysis approach 3 themes were developed: (1) duality of pandemic impact on youth with chronic pain (i.e., how the pandemic influenced self-management while also exacerbating existing socioeconomic inequalities); (2) changes to the healthcare system and clinical practices (i.e., triaging and access to care); (3) shift to virtual care (i.e., role of institutions and hybrid models of care). These findings outline provider perspectives on the positive and negative impacts of the pandemic on youth with chronic pain and highlight the role of socioeconomic status and access to care in relation to chronic pain management during the pandemic in a high-income country with a publicly funded healthcare system.