Accession Number:

AD1096753

Title:

Caring for Patients' Mental Well Being During Coronavirus and Other Emerging Infectious Diseases: A Guide for Clinicians

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report

Corporate Author:

UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIV OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES BETHESDA MD BETHESDA United States

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2020-03-11

Pagination or Media Count:

2.0

Abstract:

As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, the potential for rapid and far-reaching spread of new infectious diseases is a growing threat. Especially in the early stages of an emerging infectious disease outbreak such as Coronavirus COVID-19, there is frequently a great deal of uncertainty about the nature of the disease, its spread, and its scope and impact. This may lead to significant and understandable emotional distress, even among those who have not been, and dont know if they will be, directly exposed to the disease. During emerging infectious disease outbreaks, both medical and mental health clinicians are likely to encounter patients who are experiencing various levels of emotional distress about the outbreak and its impact on them, their families, and their communities. Providers should acknowledge uncertainty about emerging diseases and help patients understand that there is often an emotional component to potential health concerns. In addition, providers should consider the following recommendations for promoting patients mental well-being during emerging infectious disease outbreaks

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE