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Chronic pain through COVID

Dunham, M.; Bacon, L.; Cottom, S.; McCrone, P.; Mehrpouya, H.; Spyridonis, F.; Thompson, T.; Schofield, P.


L. Bacon

S. Cottom

P. McCrone

H. Mehrpouya

F. Spyridonis

T. Thompson

P. Schofield


Objectives: To identify good practice in the community management of chronic pain, and to understand the perspective of a group of healthcare service users towards the management of chronic pain using technology during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Methods: Forty-five people, recruited via social media and Pain Association Scotland, participated in three focus groups hosted over Zoom. Focus groups were conducted using semi-structured questions to guide the conversation. Data were analysed using Ritchie / Spencer's Framework Analysis.

Results: The participants shared observations of their experiences of remotely supported chronic pain services and insights into the potential for future chronic pain care provision. Experiences were in the majority positive with some describing their rapid engagement with technology during the COVID pandemic.

Conclusion: Results suggest there is strong potential for telehealth to complement and support existing provision of pain management services.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 26, 2022
Online Publication Date Oct 19, 2022
Publication Date Oct 27, 2022
Deposit Date Oct 27, 2022
Publicly Available Date Oct 27, 2022
Journal Frontiers in Pain Research
Print ISSN 2673-561X
Publisher Frontiers Media
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 3
Article Number 937652
Keywords chronic pain, older people, COVID-19, remote healthcare, ageing
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