Caring for patients with pain during the COVID-19 pandemic: consensus recommendations from an international expert panel.

Title

Caring for patients with pain during the COVID-19 pandemic: consensus recommendations from an international expert panel.

Creator

Shanthanna H; Strand N H; Provenzano D A; Lobo C A; Eldabe S; Bhatia A; Wegener J; Curtis K; Cohen S P; Narouze S

Publisher

Anaesthesia

Date

2020
2020-04-07

Description

Chronic pain causes significant suffering, limitation of daily activities and reduced quality of life. Infection from COVID-19 is responsible for an ongoing pandemic that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome, leading to systemic complications and death. Led by the World Health Organization, healthcare systems across the world are engaged in limiting the spread of infection. As a result, all elective surgical procedures, outpatient procedures and patient visits, including pain management services, have been postponed or cancelled. This has affected the care of chronic pain patients. Most are elderly with multiple comorbidities, which puts them at risk of COVID-19 infection. Important considerations that need to be recognised during this pandemic for chronic pain patients include: ensuring continuity of care and pain medications, especially opioids; use of telemedicine; maintaining biopsychosocial management; use of anti-inflammatory drugs; use of steroids; and prioritising necessary procedural visits. There are no guidelines to inform physicians and healthcare providers engaged in caring for patients with pain during this period of crisis. We assembled an expert panel of pain physicians, psychologists and researchers from North America and Europe to formulate recommendations to guide practice. As the

Subject

chronic pain; COVID-19; COVID-19; epidural steroid injections; immune; management; opioid therapy; opioids; population; prevalence; prevention; quality-of-life; recommendations; risk; steroids; united-states

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Format

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ISSN

1365-2044 0003-2409

NEOMED College

NEOMED College of Medicine

NEOMED Department

Department of General Surgery

Update Year & Number

June 2020 Update II

Citation

Shanthanna H; Strand N H; Provenzano D A; Lobo C A; Eldabe S; Bhatia A; Wegener J; Curtis K; Cohen S P; Narouze S, “Caring for patients with pain during the COVID-19 pandemic: consensus recommendations from an international expert panel.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed June 24, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/11069.

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