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Chronic pain eased by programme with great potential for SA: study

The six-week telemedicine intervention can overcome the obstacles of in-person treatment and reach more people

Senior features writer

Lockdown catapulted the chronic pain clinics at Groote Schuur and Tygerberg hospitals in Cape Town into offering patients on their waiting lists virtual services, with positive results.

All six patients who participated in the study of the electronic patient education empowerment programme (ePEEP), run virtually for six weeks, found the interdisciplinary intervention valuable and transformative, according to the results, (https://bmcmusculoskeletdisord.biomedcentral.com/track/pdf/10.1186/s12891-022-05467-7.pdf)published on Monday.

Prof Romy Parker, co-author and director of the Pain Management Unit at UCT’s anaesthesia and perioperative medicine department, says of their intervention: “I think this is a viable way of rolling out chronic pain management services across SA in resource-poor settings.”..

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