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B364 Pain and palliative center in COVID-19 era
  1. E Papageorgiou,
  2. F Yerosimou,
  3. P Grigoriadou,
  4. S Terzi and
  5. S Anisoglou
  1. Thegeneio Cancer Hospital of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece


Background and Aims Pain management is part of the holistic care of cancer patients. During the covid-19 pandemic, the limited access to public health facilities resulted in many patients with chronic pain remaining undiagnosed and without treatment. The purpose of this study is to highlight the work of the Pain and Palliative Care Center of Theageneio Cancer Hospital of Thessaloniki.

Methods We recorded for a period of one year and specifically from March 2020 to March 2021, the total number of visits to the Pain Clinic and the number of new patients.

Results In the period of March 2020-March 2021, a total of 7508 patients visited our pain management center, of which 303 were new cases. Last year visits (March 2019-March 2020) were 7626 patients, of which 384 were new. In our Pain Center we used various forms of telemedicine including, email, instant messengers and online prescriptions for the remote monitoring of patients with chronic pain, while for acute pain the patients visited the Clinic after a scheduled appointment and abiding by the measures of the pandemic

Conclusions Timely access to specialized help and treatment is an important part of the holistic treatment of chronic or acute cancerous or non-cancerous pain. The operation of the Pain and Palliative Care Center of Theageneio Cancer Hospital of Thessaloniki was not affected by the conditions of the pandemic and continued to serve the needs of the vulnerable group of patients with pain.

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