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Human Studies

2022 May 05

J Comp Eff Res

Impact of coronavirus disease 2019 on chronic pain structures: data from French national survey.


Melchior M, Dziadzko M, Conradi S, Poisbeau P, Aubrun F
J Comp Eff Res. 2022 May 05.
PMID: 35510519.


The authors evaluated the impact of the first coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic wave on French chronic pain structures (CPSs). An online survey assessed CPS resource allocation, workflow and perceived impact on patient care. All CPS workflow was severely impacted by the reallocation of 42% of specialists. In-person appointments were cancelled by 72% of participants. Follow-up was maintained in 91% of participants (telemedicine). Skills in end-of-life decision-making/counseling were rarely solicited. The perceived impact of the crisis on the experience of patients was high (eight out of ten), with a significant increase in access-to-care delay. CPSs maintained patient follow-up. Special features of CPS specialists were rarely solicited by coronavirus disease 2019 teams experiencing a high workload. Recommendations on optimal CPS resource reallocations have to be standardized in crisis conditions.