Effects of COVID-19 social distancing measures in individuals with chronic pain living in Spain in the late stages of the lockdown

Jordi Miró*, Elisabet Sánchez-Rodríguez, Alexandra Ferreira-Valente, José Pais-Ribeiro, Antonella Ciaramella

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Abstract

Social distancing measures during the lockdown have had a negative impact on chronic pain patients’ function. Research, however, has only focused on the early stages of the first lockdowns. The aim of this study was to improve the understanding of the effects of COVID-19 social distancing measures on individuals with chronic pain living in Spain during the late stages of the lockdown. A group of 361 adults with pain participated in this study. They responded to an online survey and provided information on sociodemographic issues, pain, fatigue, perceived health, and quality of life. The data showed that most participants suffered moderate to severe pain and interferences with pain treatment and an increase in pain intensity during the lockdown. Most participants also informed us that fatigue had worsened during the lockdown (62%). Importantly, females with lower monthly family income and lower education have been found to be associated with greater levels of pain and fatigue. Despite this, participants perceived themselves as having good health and good quality of life. The findings from this study can be used to inform policy and specific responses for future COVID-19 waves and future pandemics where social distancing measures must be implemented.
Original languageEnglish
Article number11732
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume18
Issue number22
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Fatigue
  • Pain
  • Social distancing measures

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