Indian Journal of Pain

EDITORIAL
Year
: 2020  |  Volume : 34  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 61-

Pain practice during the COVID-19 pandemic: Transitioning to a new normal


Samarjit Dey1, Hammad Usmani2, Aftab Hussain2,  
1 Department of Anaesthesiology, All India Institute of Medical Science, Raipur, Chattisgarh, India
2 Pain Clinic, Department of Anaesthesiology, J.N. Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Hammad Usmani
Department of Anaesthesiology, Pain Clinic, J.N. Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh
India




How to cite this article:
Dey S, Usmani H, Hussain A. Pain practice during the COVID-19 pandemic: Transitioning to a new normal.Indian J Pain 2020;34:61-61


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Dey S, Usmani H, Hussain A. Pain practice during the COVID-19 pandemic: Transitioning to a new normal. Indian J Pain [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Oct 1 ];34:61-61
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Full Text



The ongoing COVID-19 infection was declared a global pandemic by the WHO on March 11, 2020, classifying the outbreak as an international emergency.[1] COVID-19 has affected the world as none of us could have fathomed and is now rapidly spreading all over the world causing serious morbidity and mortality. Healthcare workers all over the world are risking their lives to treat and save patients from this highly infectious disease.

To reduce transmission of the disease, many countries including India have implemented lockdown procedures and shut down of all regular services. Various governments have insisted that the general public should stay at home as a preventive measure. Everything which we have taken for granted including medical practice has been completely turned upside down.

The current COVID pandemic has brought several new challenges for pain physicians all over the world. However, this has also paved the way for certain opportunities too for the physicians of this super-specialty. These challenges and opportunities are vividly described by Ghai and Verma in the current issue of the Journal.

Various organizations and societies have come up with the guidelines for chronic pain management during COVID-19 pandemic.[2],[3] The Indian Society for Study of Pain Task Force has also formulated a position statement with detailed consensus guidelines for practice of pain medicine in India during this pandemic, encompassed in this issue.

Telemedicine is emerging as a promising technology to provide online consultations to patients suffering from various intractable chronic pain conditions and at the same time reduce the number of visits of the patients to the healthcare facility, minimizing the exposure of the health care workers to SARS-CoV-2.[4] This recent aspect of pain practice has not been left untouched.

Transitions from traditional form of learning and practice though new are paving a way for better future. Newer online learning platforms are helping enormously in continuing the never ending process of learning in the form of webinars and online fellowships, thereby offering opportunity to the budding pain physicians to improve their skills in pain management.

We would appreciate the contribution of the authors for working effortlessly and providing quality manuscripts to the Indian Journal of Pain in these times of test, of their very own pain practice. Let us all hope that we come out of this crisis and resume our normal practice soon; however, till then, working with COVID is the new normal.

Stay safe, take precautions, and thistooshallpass!!

References

1WHO Director-General's Opening Remarks at the Media Briefing on COVID-19; 11 March, 2020. Available from: https://www.who.int/dg/speeches/detail/who-director-general-s-opening-remarks-at-the-media-briefing-on-covid-19-11-march-2020. [Last accessed on 2020 Jul 04].
2Shanthanna H, Cohen SP, Strand N, Lobo CA, Eldabe S, Bhatia A, et al. Recommendations on Chronic Pain Practice during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Available from: https://www.asra.com/page/2903/recommendations-on-chronic-pain-practice-during-the-covid-19-pandemic. [Last accessed on 2020 Jun 27].
3British Pain Society. Pain Management during COVID-19 Viral Infection; 2020. Available from: https://www.britishpainsociety.org/static/uploads/resources/files/Pain_Management_during_COVID-19_viral_infection.pdf. [Last accessed on 2020 Jul 04].
4Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Government of India. Telemedicine Practice Guidelines. Available from: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/Telemedicine.pdf. [Last accessed on 2020 Jul 03].