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Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology ; 09:09, 2022.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-2019469
Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology & Venereology ; 22:22, 2022.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-2001681
Ann Ig ; 34(5): 501-514, 2022.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1954747


Background: There are no papers exploring the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the injection-based practice in patients affected by different rheumatic diseases, including osteoarthritis. The aim was to investigate the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on injection-based practice trough the Italian country. Study design: A survey-based retrospective cross-sectional study. Methods: An Italian-language questionnaire was developed by a group of senior researchers and distributed by e-mail to some Rheumatology, Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Units from different geographic areas of Italy. The survey included information about the number of injections performed during COVID-19 pandemic (stratified by injected agents and injected joint), in comparison to the pre-pandemic period, and the possible reasons behind an eventual reduction. Responses were collected and descriptive analysis calculated. Results: Eleven centers of the National Health Service completed the survey. The activities of the injections services significantly decreased across the country with a percentage of reduction of 60% compared to the pre-pandemic period. A significant reduction of both intra-articular and peri-articular injections was registered. Among intra-articular. treatments, the most affected ones were the hyaluronic acid injections, when compared to corticosteroids. A significant decrease of the total amount of peri-articular injections was observed. The strict government restrictions and the fear of patients to become infected represented the most limiting factors. Conclusions: The reported decrease of the injection-based practice in our country during the COVID-19 pandemic highlights the detrimental effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the management of chronic musculoskeletal diseases with possible negative consequences in terms of disability and quality of life.

COVID-19 , Cross-Sectional Studies , Humans , Language , Pandemics , Quality of Life , Retrospective Studies , SARS-CoV-2 , State Medicine , Surveys and Questionnaires