Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on corticosteroid injection services

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the clinical practices of MSK radiologists in the UK. A National Survey of Members of the British Society of Skeletal Radiologists (BSSR) highlights the rapid response of its members as national guidelines evolved. Currently, the majority of respondents are performing CSI for musculoskeletal conditions when clinically indicated, with enhanced consent. However, the pandemic has resulted in increased waiting times – delaying the treatment of patients who may be suffering with significant pain and disability. Further research is warranted to provide guidance around both service recovery and provision of CSI around COVID-19 vaccination schedules.

135 members of the BSSR completed the online anonymised survey. 73% of respondents reported an increased backlog of patients awaiting treatment. The average waiting time for routine outpatient corticosteroid injections was more than 12 weeks in 53% of responses, compared to 34% in the previous years.

 

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