Clinicians' initial experiences of transition to online interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation during the covid-19 pandemic

Vera Baadjou*, Marlies den Hollander, Thijs van Meulenbroek, Jeanine Verbunt, Inge Timmers

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Legislation during the COVID-19 pandemic forced transitioning to remote care to continue pain rehabilitation treatment. In this study, first experiences with interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation by videoconferencing were gathered. Both qualitative and quantitative data were collected from team members of a pain rehabilitation team via a digital survey. Overall, clinicians reported that videoconferencing is a valid way to continue care in times when legalisation does not allow for standard face-to-face care. Furthermore, clinicians see opportunities to integrate aspects of telehealth into standard care after the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, several limitations and restrictions have been experienced, such as the lack of a physical examination and questions about long-term effectiveness of the treatment. In addition, further investigation is needed to investigate whether pain rehabilitation provided by videoconferencing reaches quality standards of regular care.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1000036
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation Medicine
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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