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Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology ; 39(1):S25-S26, 2021.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-1261568
Rivista Di Psicologia Dell Emergenza E Dell Assistenza Umanitaria ; - (23):30-35, 2020.
Article in Italian | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-1001071


In this article, the authors aim to describe the Covid-19 toll-free psychological helpline activated by Azienda Regionale Ares 118 during the SARS-Cov-2 coronavirus emergency. The article highlights the peculiarity of Ares 118's choice to structure the service by exclusively engaging qualified psychologists belonging to Lazio's main associations of emergency psychology, making them work in close collaboration with the medical staff of the same toll-free number. The article is the result of what has been observed in the first three months since the activation of the service and contains, in addition to the summary of the types of requests received, the strengths and needed improvements of what can be considered an innovative and functioning model that provides concrete and useful responses to citizens during the emergency. In this article it has not been possible to process the statistical data collected, as the service is still active and the data collection is ongoing. The final considerations provide possible scenarios of integrated psychology services in the context of regional or national health systems, paving the way for what could be a constant and consolidated reality.

Clinical Nutrition ESPEN ; 40:659, 2020.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-942984


Rationale: We hypothesized that Covid-19 epidemics lockdown1,2 might have negatively impacted on weight control in Italian patients with obesity being followed-up at Specialistic Centres. Methods: A survey was carried out at Italian Clinical Nutrition & Dietetic Services by means of a structured questionnaire (77 items) - covering diet, physical activity and psychological aspects - to get information about how their patients with obesity coped with Covid-19 lockdown. Ethical clearance was obtained. The survey has been carried out between 2ndMay and 25th June 2020 during follow-up phone calls by direct questioning or by sending invitations to complete the questionnaire on the Web. Data were analyzed by Chi-square test, ANOVA and MANCOVA as appropriate. Results: 1046 patients from 23 Centers (41% Obesity Class 2 to 3) completed the questionnaires (71% females, mean age 50,5 ± 14,2 yrs, mean BMI 34.7 ± 7.6 kg/m2). During the lockdown period, 49,3% of patients increased and 27.4% reduced their weight, while this was unchanged in 19,6%. Mean weight change was +2.3 ± 4.8 kg (+ 4% in those who experienced weight gain). There was a significant association between reduced physical activity, emotional difficulties during lockdown and weight gain. Moreover, those working from home and those on layoffs experienced a significantly higher weight gain than those allowed to work outside home or retired. Sixty-six% declared to be on a weight control diet before the lockdown, and of these, 40% reported difficulty to follow their diet. More frequent snacking and increased intake of high calorie foods were the most frequent food habits change declared. Only 4% of patients were on obesity medications, but 14% of patients would have liked to be on obesity medications during the lockdown. Conclusion: During Covid-19 lockdown about half of patients with obesity in follow-up at Italian Dietetic Services did not increase their weight or experiences weight loss. However, the remaining half experienced a clinically relevant weight gain. Those who increased their weight likely did mostly so because of reduced physical activity and difficult emotional coping. Working from home was also associated with more difficult weight control. References: 1. Disclosure of Interest: None declared