Turkish Journal of Anaesthesiology & Reanimation

Chronic Pain Management During a Pandemic: Evidence-Based Review


Department of Anaesthesiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, Uttrakhand

Turk J Anaesthesiol Reanim 2022; 50: 159-166
DOI: 10.5152/TJAR.2022.1328
Read: 43 Downloads: 13 Published: 01 June 2022

Chronic pain is the leading cause of morbidity in the world and is strongly associated with physical and psychological disabilities. In this pandemic, most of the pain care centers are forced to shut their doors leaving patients in dismay and adding to their misery. A systematic review was performed following the recommendations of the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses statement. All research articles from March 2020 to September 15, 2020, available on PubMed, Google scholar, and EmBase were included in this study. The keywords used for data search were “chronic pain,” “coronavirus,” “pain management,” “COVID-19,” “drugs usage in covid-19,” “recommendation,” and “guidelines”. This review summarizes findings from the current literature available worldwide from different databases regarding guidelines to practice during chronic pain in coronavirus disease (COVID) crisis. This article acts as a specimen on how to handle future pandemics. We concluded that chronic pain management is a fundamental right and telemedicine is the silver lining that can be used for primary, follow-up consultation and to address mental health issues in chronic pain patients. Outpatient department visits should be scheduled using “forward triage.” Pain Interventions should be carried out if urgent or semi-urgent with necessary precautions. Reopening of elective procedures with COVID testing can be planned, considering pain interventions to be usually percutaneous, of short duration, and involving office procedures with minimal aerosol generation. Drugs contrib- uting to immune suppression, for example, strong opioids and steroids, should be avoided. Regenerative therapy can be used instead during pain interventions. Physicians are expected to follow the recommended government guidelines before prescribing any drugs.

Cite this article as: Arora N, Kumar A, Kumar A, Sharma RS. Chronic pain management during a pandemic: Evidence-based review. Turk J Anaesthesiol Reanim. 2022;50(3):159-166.

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