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PRESENTATION #5 Clinical Research | Pain Medicine

TELEMEDICINE: PAIN FREE OR PAINFUL? THE USE OF TELEMEDICINE IN PAIN MANAGEMENT IN THE COVID-19 ERA AND BEYOND.

Yashar Eshraghi, MD1, Alan Boiangu, MS1, Allison Alessandra, DO2, J. Daniel Frugé, MD2, Carmel Alemayehu1, Daniel Olix, MS1, Maged Guirguis, MD1
1. Ochsner Medical Center 2. LSU Health Sciences Center.

Presenter: Alan Boiangu, BA
UQ – Ochsner

Telemedicine, or telehealth, involves the delivery of healthcare through virtual means, whether via audio or video communication. The use of telemedicine has emerged as an important method for healthcare delivery in a multitude of medical specialties. It’s use in the field of pain management has been proven to be particularly invaluable. Telemedicine can be particularly useful in the treatment of chronic pain patients as it may help eliminate many of the barriers to healthcare such as disability, stigma, or geographic limitations. The COVID-19 pandemic has made these healthcare disparities even more prominent. There are few well-controlled studies which delve into telemedicine and its impact on chronic pain management. The purpose of this study is to evaluate patient satisfaction when using telemedicine for their pain management clinic visits during the COVID-19 pandemic. We conducted a prospective study of patients who had one or more telemedicine pain management visits between March 2020 and July 2020 at multiple outpatient pain management clinics within our health institution (Ochsner). Survey questionnaires were disseminated which measured the overall level of satisfaction and willingness to conduct future virtual visits. Ideally information gained from this study will help providers gauge if telemedicine is a useful tool for their patient population.