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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 34  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 85-88

Unique challenges and opportunities faced by pain physicians during COVID-19 crisis


1 Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
2 Pain Clinic, Painacea Spine, Wellness and Pain Relief Center, DY Patil University School of Medicine, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Prof. Babita Ghai
Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Sector 12, Chandigarh - 160 012
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijpn.ijpn_75_20

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The COVID pandemic has affected pain practice throughout the world. It has now become amply clear that the pandemic is here to stay for long. Pain physicians have a very important role to play in the pandemic and that is taking care of the chronic pain patients to avoid complications. This responsibility falls in the essential service category and cannot be shrugged off the shoulders by practitioners of pain medicine. Initially, various associations, societies, and organizations came up with various guidelines recommending management options following a conservative approach. However, the stance has changed almost on a real-time basis, and the current approach is to decide management on a case-to-case basis. This unique scenario has put up a lot of challenges ahead for the budding superspecialty of pain medicine. However, it also offers some opportunities which can pave the way for a bright future for the pain physicians and more importantly for their patients.


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