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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 77-81

Psychiatric morbidities in inpatients of COVID-19 in dedicated COVID hospitals

1 Seven Hills Dedicated Covid Hospital, Mumbai, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, HBTMC and Dr RN Cooper Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Smita S Chavhan
Department of Community Medicine, HBTMC and Dr RN Cooper Hospital Mumbai, U 15, Bhaktivedanta Swami Road, JVPD Scheme, Juhu, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400056
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/dypj.dypj_50_21

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Objectives: We aimed to assess (a) the prevalence of psychiatric illness in inpatients of COVID-19 and (b) different types of psychiatric morbidities. Materials and Methods: This hospital-based cross-sectional study was done in a dedicated COVID hospital after an Institutional Ethics Committee approval. It was a cross-sectional observational study of all patients admitted from December 2020 to May 2020 after ethical committee clearance. A total of 1535 patients were referred, and 1452 (8.2%) were diagnosed with psychiatric illnesses by using clinical interview and diagnostic questionnaire based on Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders Fifth Edition criteria. Results: Out of the 17,676 patients admitted during this period, 1,452 (8.2%) patients were diagnosed with psychiatric illness, out of them 1,233 (6.9%) had new onset psychiatric illness. The age (mean±SD) of the patients was 59.75±16.46 years. The majority [959 (66.1%)] of the patients were males and 493 (33.9%) were females. Psychopharmacotherapy and psychological interventions were done to help patients through this crisis. Duration of stay (mean±SD) was 16.86±10.4 days and 636 (43.8%) patients had comorbidities. Conclusion: The prevalence of psychiatric illness was 8.2% in inpatients of COVID-19. Common psychiatric morbidities in COVID-19 inpatients are depression, anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, and delirium.

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