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Chronic pain sufferers are reporting benefits as telehealth becomes the unsung hero of the COVID era.
A silver lining to come from multiple pandemic-inflicted lockdowns, increased telehealth services for chronic pain sufferers is proving to have far reaching beneficial results.
"As with most industries, the pandemic made us really think about the ways we provide services," said Princess Alexandra Hospital Clinical Nurse Consultant and President of the Australian Pain Society, Trudy Maunsell.
“Especially in patients who also live in regional areas, getting to a doctor’s appointment is a mission, so telehealth has been a massive boon to them.”
A large range of medical services made the shift to telehealth early on in the pandemic to mitigate the risk of infection for patients and clinicians.
“For this cohort of patients, the shift to telehealth has proved to be very beneficial in ensuring they’re supported from the comfort and safety of their homes.
“The huge appreciation patients have expressed towards this method of care delivery has really demonstrated why this should continue once the pandemic has been dealt with,” she said.
One in Five Australian adults are estimated to live with chronic pain with lower back pain listed as the leading cause of disability globally in 2017.