Pain is one of the most common complaints patients bring to health-care providers, documented in about 80% of all medical visits. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted pain patients’ routine medical office visits, elective pain intervention procedures, physical therapy and medication trials, putting these patients at risk.
Here are some important points psychologists should keep in mind as they work with patients experiencing physical pain during the coronavirus outbreak.
Note: This article is a brief summary of the full guidance provided by APA on pain assessment and management during the COVID-19 crisis. The guidance offers practice recommendations for pain psychological assessment and interventions in a remote, online format when in-person contact is not available. APA has also published guidance on psychological tele-assessment during the COVID-19 crisis and teleneuropsychology guidance on CPT codes, technical requirements and more during the public health emergency.