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COVID-19: Medical staff mental care and assessment

1 Private Academic Practice, Bangkok, Thailand, Department of Community Medicine, Dr DY Patil University, Pune, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Tropical Medicine, Hainan Medical University, Haikou, China

Date of Submission09-Apr-2020
Date of Decision30-Jun-2020
Date of Acceptance30-Jun-2020

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Rujittika Mungmunpuntipantip,
Private Academic Practice, Bangkok
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DOI: 10.4103/mjdrdypu.mjdrdypu_161_20

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Mungmunpuntipantip R, Wiwanitkit V. COVID-19: Medical staff mental care and assessment. Med J DY Patil Vidyapeeth [Epub ahead of print] [cited 2021 Dec 6]. Available from: https://www.mjdrdypv.org/preprintarticle.asp?id=309943

Dear Sir,

Medical staff's mental health is an important consideration because good mental health usually means good working proficiency. Working during crisis is considered a huge stress, and the assessment and care for mental health is required. Here, the authors would like to discuss on the mental health of medical staff during the COVID-19 outbreak. In fact, some literatures mentioned for the importance of this issue.[1],[2],[3]

Indeed, the mental health of medical staff during the COVID-19 outbreak is a little-mentioned issue. However, this is an important consideration to be urgently managed. When an emerging infectious disease occurs, there is an increased fear and psychological stress among medical personnel. The assessment of mental health of medical working staff is required. However, it might be difficult due to the implementation of the social-distancing concept. The use of online information technology tool might be considered. For data collection, a self-assessment technique for evaluation of the mental health of working staff might be selected. Although self-assessment might reflect some information, many staffs might not disguise data.[1] This might relate to the fear of stigmata. In many settings, the local rule is that the staff with a poor mental health status will not be allowed to work and this might mean loss of salary and profit. In many settings, there is no report on the mental health assessment of specific mental health care for working medical professionals. Many medical staffs work in stressful environment. In some unexpected situations, they might get unbelievable command from the head of local medical centers. It is apparent that some primary health-care centers might provide good support to the personnel, whereas the other centers might not. In the worst situation, some poor administrations might affect the mental well-being of the staff. The examples are blaming the staff who practice according to social distancing during medical practice because of there is a patient complaint on distancing between patient and practitioner. It is necessary to have a good program to set a good medical staff's mental care and assessment program to support and aim at good effective work during the crisis.

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Chung JP, Yeung WS. Staff mental health self-assessment during the COVID-19 outbreak. East Asian Arch Psychiatry 2020;30:34.  Back to cited text no. 1
Huang J, Liu F, Teng Z, Chen J, Zhao J, Wang X, et al. Care for the psychological status of frontline medical staff fighting against COVID-19. Clin Infect Dis. 2020;3:385.  Back to cited text no. 2
Montemurro N. The emotional impact of COVID-19: From medical staff to common people. Brain Behav Immun 2020;87:23-4.  Back to cited text no. 3


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