|LETTER TO THE EDITOR
|Year : 2020 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 141
Telemedicine pain clinic facilities in the era of COVID-19
Pratibha Singh, Sujeet Gautam, Anil Agarwal
Department of Anesthesiology, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
|Date of Web Publication||06-Aug-2020|
Dr. Sujeet Gautam
Department of Anesthesiology, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Raebareli Road, Lucknow - 226 014, Uttar Pradesh
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Singh P, Gautam S, Agarwal A. Telemedicine pain clinic facilities in the era of COVID-19. Indian J Pain 2020;34:141
COVID-19 pandemic has led the health-care facilities to be diverted from the routine services toward the emerging new area of need. The current situation of pandemic has raised a conundrum for the pain physicians between the responsibility toward the pandemic crisis and their ethical and moral responsibilities for the chronic pain patients. Social distancing and the need to reduce hospital visits for nonemergent problems are increasing the morbidity and suffering of patients. Hence, in this situation, any mode of communication between health-care workers and patients can be very helpful and is the need of the hour.
Our institute has initiated eOPD (Teleconsultation OPD) facilities to provide patient care. Information regarding the eOPD has been advertised with relevant details newspapers and messages were sent to patient's registered number using the hospital information system. Every department has been assigned a designated area for eOPD equipped with a telephone and a computer with Internet, headphone, and web-camera. Follow-up communications are done over telephone, and video conferencing calls are done based on the patient requirements. Patients can also send the records and investigation details through the WhatsApp numbers designated for this purpose.
The pain clinic is receiving calls from 5 to 10 patients daily in the eOPD; this number is increasing as more patients are coming to know about the facility. Based on the telephonic and video communication, the patient is prescribed pharmacological management, physiotherapy exercises using E-mails or text messages, and psychological counseling. This initiative is proving to be a great help to chronic pain patients, which are unfortunately neglected in the present scenario.
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