Risk factors associated with mental illness in hospital discharged patients infected with COVID-19 in Wuhan, China
AuthorLiu, D; Baumeister, RF; Veilleux, JC; Chen, C; Liu, W; Yue, Y; Zhang, S
Source TitlePsychiatry Research
PublisherELSEVIER IRELAND LTD
University of Melbourne Author/sBaumeister, Roy
AffiliationMelbourne Graduate School of Education
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsLiu, D., Baumeister, R. F., Veilleux, J. C., Chen, C., Liu, W., Yue, Y. & Zhang, S. (2020). Risk factors associated with mental illness in hospital discharged patients infected with COVID-19 in Wuhan, China. PSYCHIATRY RESEARCH, 292, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2020.113297.
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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic can have a profound impact on the mental health of patients who survived the illness. However, little is known about the prevalence rate of mental health disorders among hospital discharged COVID-19 patients and its associated factors. A cross-sectional survey of hospital discharged patients was conducted April 11-22, 2020 in Wuhan, China (where the pandemic began). 675 participants completed the survey, including 90 (13.3%) medical staff (physicians and nurses who had been ill). We used Fisher's exact test and multivariable logistic regression methods to explore the risk factors associated with mental health problems (anxiety, depression, and PTSD symptoms associated with COVID-19 hospitalization). Adverse mental health effects of COVID-19 are evident after discharge from the hospital, with sleep difficulties highlighted as a central issue. As we found that perceived discrimination was a central predictor of mental illness, preventing and addressing social stigma associated with COVID-19 may be crucial for improving mental health for recovered patients.
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