Living with Chronic Pain During the Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to additional challenges for patients already suffering from chronic pain, including the stress of isolation and potential quarantine, anxiety associated with possible infection, delays in much needed medical care, and the uncertainty of recurring lockdown measures. These challenges can exacerbate chronic pain and related suffering, increasing the need for access to specialized health and psychological care.
The Transitional Pain Service (TPS) has effectively implemented the use of virtual care to support patients remotely when face-to-face visits are not possible or recommended.
The TPS has also developed a virtual intervention based on their gold standard treatment for mental health and substance abuse to support chronic pain patients during these difficult times of the pandemic.