The Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health across Diverse Populations

A special issue of Healthcare (ISSN 2227-9032). This special issue belongs to the section "Coronaviruses (CoV) and COVID-19 Pandemic".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2024 | Viewed by 540

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Department of Integrated Medical Care, Faculty of Health Sciences, Medical University of Bialystok, 15-096 Bialystok, Poland
Interests: mental health; psychogeriatrics; depression; older adults; geriatrics; COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; fear; anxiety
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Dear Colleagues,

Mental health and emotion-related issues are now among the most important public health issues around the world. Among the reasons for this is the COVID-19 pandemic, primarily due to fear of infection or death due to the disease. Research has shown that social distancing, self-isolation, quarantine and misinformation (especially on social media) are some of the main factors causing unusual sadness, fear, frustration, helplessness, loneliness and nervousness. In extreme cases, these factors can trigger suicidal thoughts and attempts, and in some cases actually end in suicide.

We are pleased to invite clinicians and researchers to provide reviews on mental health problems occurring in various cohorts and groups, including the general population, medical staff, students, older adults, pregnant women and other vulnerable groups.

We encourage the submission of original research papers (both qualitative and quantitative), reviews, meta-analyses and case studies that contribute new knowledge in this area. Interventional studies, trials and epidemiological studies are also encouraged. The focus may include a specific population.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr. Mateusz Cybulski
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Keywords

  • mental health
  • depression
  • COVID-19
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • fear
  • anxiety

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From Crisis to Opportunity: A Qualitative Study on Rehabilitation Therapists’ Experiences and Post-Pandemic Perspectives
by Marianne Saragosa, Farwa Goraya, Frances Serrano, Behdin Nowrouzi-Kia, Sara Guilcher, Yasmin Abdul Aziz and Basem Gohar
Healthcare 2024, 12(10), 1050; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare12101050 - 20 May 2024
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Rehabilitation therapists (RTs) have developed substantial mental health problems since the pandemic. Our study aimed to understand the experience of COVID-19 on occupational therapists and physiotherapists practicing in Canada, how the pandemic may have affected care delivery, and to identify new learnings articulated [...] Read more.
Rehabilitation therapists (RTs) have developed substantial mental health problems since the pandemic. Our study aimed to understand the experience of COVID-19 on occupational therapists and physiotherapists practicing in Canada, how the pandemic may have affected care delivery, and to identify new learnings articulated by RTs. A qualitative descriptive study design guided data collection through one-on-one interviews, dyadic interviews, and focus groups. We recruited active RTs across Canada, advertising on professional practice networks and social media platforms and using snowball sampling. Forty-nine RTs representing seven Canadian provinces participated. The four overarching themes developed using thematic analysis were (1) navigating uncertainty along with ever-changing practices, policies, and attitudes, (2) morphing roles within a constrained system, (3) witnessing patients suffering and experiencing moral distress, and (4) recognizing the personal toll of the pandemic on self and others, as well as lessons learned. Our study demonstrated that many RTs suffered moral distress, poor mental health, and some from challenging financial situations, especially those in the private sector. They also expressed a resilient attitude in response to these stressors. Implications in the future include identifying promising communication strategies that could act as protective factors, addressing workforce constraints and diminishing resources through innovative models of care. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health across Diverse Populations)
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