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J Glob Health ; 11: 03084, 2021.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1357598
The Lancet Psychiatry ; 8(5):e14-e15, 2021.
Article in English | APA PsycInfo | ID: covidwho-1340924


The current article discusses an efficient way to assess the effect of COVID-19 on mental health in the general population. It is maintained tat a meta-ecological study is needed to explore te effect of geograpically and temporally different pandemic characteristics o npopulations;mental health. Despite their potential shortcomings due to confounding and aggregation bias, meta-ecological study designs have successfully answered similar global questions, such as the role of air pollution on morbidity. In a meta-ecological study, a systematic review of prevalence before and during the pandemic in various locations with different responses to the pandemic should shed light on changes in mental health problems. It is concluded that because a meta-ecological study uses published and regularly updated information, it does not require expensive or time-consuming data collection. The crowdsourcing approach will speed up the process and could be the way forward to do large-scale research in times of social isolation. Investment in methods for harnessing information in a reliable and rapid way will enable decision makers worldwide to integrate a mental health science perspective into their response to the pandemic. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2021 APA, all rights reserved)

Evid Based Ment Health ; 2021 Jul 20.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1322834
Prim Care Companion CNS Disord ; 23(4)2021 07 08.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1302621


Objective: To investigate the impact of masks and plastic partitions on patient-doctor communication and subjective anxiety for infection in patients with psychiatric disorders.Methods: Subjects were patients who visited a psychiatric clinic in Japan from April 27 to August 31, 2020. Anxiety of being infected and the psychological barrier to communication were evaluated on a 5-point scale.Results: The final analysis included 425 patients. Most participants answered that there was no change with regard to communication when the doctor was wearing a mask (n = 353, 91.0%) or using a plastic partition (n = 318, 82.8%). Most participants responded that anxiety for being infected was very mild, a little mild, or not changed by the doctor wearing a mask and using a plastic partition. Most participants felt significantly less anxiety with the doctor wearing a mask/using a plastic partition before than after the state of emergency declaration (P = .005 for mask and P < .001 for plastic partition). Participants in the older age range felt significantly higher anxiety compared to those in the younger and middle age range groups from doctors wearing masks (P < .001) and compared to those in the middle age range group from plastic partitions (P = .001).Conclusions: Use of masks and plastic partitions in psychiatric practice is recommended, as it may result in reduction of anxiety for infection without affecting patient-doctor communication in patients with psychiatric disorders. The generalizability of the results of the present study should be tested.

Anxiety/psychology , Attitude to Health , COVID-19/prevention & control , Communicable Disease Control , Masks , Mentally Ill Persons/psychology , Physician-Patient Relations , Protective Devices , Adolescent , Adult , Aged , Female , Hospitals, Psychiatric , Humans , Male , Middle Aged , Outpatient Clinics, Hospital , Young Adult