How Mental Health Services are Adapting to Provide Care in the Pandemic

Emma Wilkinson, writing in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), talks to healthcare workers who are trying to ensure that vulnerable psychiatric patients do not get sidelined by covid-19 and finds that some changes may become permanent.

As the NHS rapidly ramped up critical care capacity to deal with the surge of severely ill covid-19 patients, other specialties quickly had to rethink how to manage routine care while
avoiding face-to-face contact with patients when possible. For mental health services this has meant a host of changes, the biggest being the rapid adoption of video and phone
consultations – an approach that had rarely been used in a field where relationships and trust between clinicians and patients are vital, and where body language and eye contact are a key part of assessment.

You can read the rest of the article @ https://www.bmj.com/content/bmj/369/bmj.m2106.full.pdf.

Reference

Wilkinson, E. (2020) How Mental Health Services are Adapting to Provide Care in the Pandemic. BMJ 2020;369:m2106.

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