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Title: Mental Health and Psychosocial Challenges in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Food for Thought for Cardiovascular Health Care Professionals.
Austin Authors: O'Neil, Adriene;Nicholls, Stephen J;Redfern, Julie;Brown, Alex;Hare, David L 
Affiliation: University of Sydney, Westmead Applied Research Centre, Faculty of Medicine and Health, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute and University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA, Australia
Deakin University, Geelong, Vic, Australia
Monash University, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Issue Date: Jul-2020 2020-05-21
Publication information: Heart, Lung & Circulation 2020; 29(7):960-963
Abstract: The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has produced substantial health challenges from the perspective of both its direct health complications and the disruption to delivery of standard care for individuals with a range of acute and chronic health issues. In parallel, the widespread application of social isolation initiatives in most countries raises the potential for significant mental health consequences and psychosocial impacts. This has major implications for cardiovascular health care professionals and the management of their patients. The COVID-19 pandemic and associated physical isolation practices are likely to result in a range of mental health and psychosocial challenges. In addition to an increasing incidence of anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation and post-traumatic stress, the pandemic may also witness an increase in substance abuse, domestic violence and relationship discord. The consequences of these complications will be further magnified, when considering their potential effect on cardiovascular disease and its management. This commentary aims to summarise some of the potential mental health and psychosocial challenges that may arise in the setting of the COVID-19 pandemic.
DOI: 10.1016/j.hlc.2020.05.002
ORCID: 0000-0001-9554-6556
PubMed URL: 32561126
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: COVID-19
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