An easy conversation starter with anyone these days is how they are enduring the brave new world of COVID-19—the practice of social distance and personal hygiene are parts of our normal route.
But for many chronic pain patients, the COVID-19 public health emergency has proven to be another hurdle in a quest for care.
That’s prompted our friends at the U.S. Pain Foundation to launch a survey that asks:
How is COVID-19 impacting your life, including your pain care?
Last week, the organization released a 10-minute survey with questions ranging from what precautions you are taking to protect yourself from COVID-19 to whether you’ve faced roadblocks in filling pain prescriptions over telehealth. The deadline to complete the survey is April 8.
“Your response to this survey will help us understand how to better advocate for you,” says interim CEO Nicole Hemmenway. “It will also help us decide what types of programs and services are most helpful to our community.”
The survey can be found here.
So far, U.S. Pain has offered a handful of webinars on topics related to the pandemic. The next one is Tuesday night (April 7) at 7 pm ET, “Chronic Pain & COVID-19: Navigating Uncharted Waters,” with two academic researchers: Ed Bilsky, PhD, Provost, Chief Academic Officer, and Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, and Meghan May, PhD, Professor of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at the University of New England. The event can be joined via Zoom.
COVID-19 And Pain Care:
The National Pain Report has reported this week on how COVID-19 is impacting people’s access to doctor appointments and care. Some readers have been reporting success with telemedicine and actually are finding their care unchanged; others have encountered more difficulty.
Filling out the survey will help inform all of us.