Management of psychiatric conditions and delirium during the COVID-19 pandemic across continents: The lessons thus far

Margaret Isioma Ojeahere, Renato de Filippis, Ramdas Ransing, Ruta Karaliuniene, Irfan Ullah, Drita Gashi Bytyçi, Zargham Abbass, Ozge Kilic, Mahsa Nahidi, Nafisatu Hayatudeen, Sachin Nagendrappa, Sheikh Shoib (+9 others)
2020 Brain, Behavior, & Immunity - Health  
With the uncertainties of COVID-19, people infected by coronavirus present with diverse psychiatric presentations. Some centers have had to manage their patients with existing protocols, others have had to come up with innovations. We aim to report the challenges and good practices recorded in the management of psychiatric conditions and delirium coexisting with COVID-19 and during the COVID-19 era across continents. Early Career Psychiatrists (ECPs) from across five continents were approached
more » ... o provide their perspective on the management of psychiatric conditions in patients with COVID-19 and during the current pandemic. We collected information about the experiences from ten countries. Commonalities were similar psychiatric presentations and poor preparedness across countries. Differences were varying innovations and adjustments made in the management of psychiatric conditions coexisting with COVID-19. Good practices which can be adopted by other countries are novel approaches such as telepsychiatry, proactive consultation-liaison units and enhanced community services targeted at circumventing challenges faced yet providing mental health services. This publication highlights the need for global preparedness in the mental health sector during outbreaks of infectious diseases. With our results we can conclude that there is the need for concerted efforts targeted at global and locally sensitive adaptation of existing protocols and the development of new guidelines for the management of psychiatric conditions for the present pandemic and subsequent occurrences.
doi:10.1016/j.bbih.2020.100147 pmid:32984854 pmcid:PMC7501517 fatcat:upe64zhx2fgjjgxwjpeowgcara