The coronavirus pandemic and related social distancing measures have brought about dramatic changes in people’s lives. In particular, health workers have been forced to change their activities both for the different needs of patients and for preventive measures against the spread of the virus. This study is aimed at comparing the urgent psychiatric consultations (UPC) performed at the outpatient Mental Health Center (MHC) of Modena during the coronavirus outbreak period, from 1 March to 31 August 2020, with the same period in 2019. We retrospectively collected in a database the demographic and clinical characteristics of patients who required UPC in the MHC during the 6-month observation periods in both 2019 and 2020. Data were statistically analyzed. We analyzed 656 urgent psychiatric consultations in 2019 and 811 in 2020, requested by 425 patients in 2019 and 488 in 2020, respectively. In the pandemic period, we observed an increase in the total and daily number of UPC which were more frequently required by patients in care at local outpatient services in comparison with the previous period. During 2020, an increased number of UPC was carried out remotely and the outcome was more frequently represented by discharge at home, avoiding hospitalization as much as possible. In the course of the coronavirus pandemic, MHC had to face an increased demand for clinical activity especially from the most clinically and socially vulnerable patients, who more frequently required UPC in outpatient psychiatric services.

Urgent Psychiatric Consultations at Mental Health Center during COVID‑19 Pandemic: Retrospective Observational Study / DI LORENZO, Rosaria; Fiore, Gianluca; Bruno, Alessandra; Pinelli, Margherita; Bertani, Davide; Falcone, Patrizia; Marrama, Donatella; Starace, Fabrizio; Ferri, Paola. - In: PSYCHIATRIC QUARTERLY. - ISSN 0033-2720. - 92:4(2021), pp. 1341-1359. [10.1007/s11126-021-09907-w]

Urgent Psychiatric Consultations at Mental Health Center during COVID‑19 Pandemic: Retrospective Observational Study

Di Lorenzo Rosaria;Fiore Gianluca;Pinelli Margherita;Bertani Davide;Starace Fabrizio;Ferri Paola
2021

Abstract

The coronavirus pandemic and related social distancing measures have brought about dramatic changes in people’s lives. In particular, health workers have been forced to change their activities both for the different needs of patients and for preventive measures against the spread of the virus. This study is aimed at comparing the urgent psychiatric consultations (UPC) performed at the outpatient Mental Health Center (MHC) of Modena during the coronavirus outbreak period, from 1 March to 31 August 2020, with the same period in 2019. We retrospectively collected in a database the demographic and clinical characteristics of patients who required UPC in the MHC during the 6-month observation periods in both 2019 and 2020. Data were statistically analyzed. We analyzed 656 urgent psychiatric consultations in 2019 and 811 in 2020, requested by 425 patients in 2019 and 488 in 2020, respectively. In the pandemic period, we observed an increase in the total and daily number of UPC which were more frequently required by patients in care at local outpatient services in comparison with the previous period. During 2020, an increased number of UPC was carried out remotely and the outcome was more frequently represented by discharge at home, avoiding hospitalization as much as possible. In the course of the coronavirus pandemic, MHC had to face an increased demand for clinical activity especially from the most clinically and socially vulnerable patients, who more frequently required UPC in outpatient psychiatric services.
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Urgent Psychiatric Consultations at Mental Health Center during COVID‑19 Pandemic: Retrospective Observational Study / DI LORENZO, Rosaria; Fiore, Gianluca; Bruno, Alessandra; Pinelli, Margherita; Bertani, Davide; Falcone, Patrizia; Marrama, Donatella; Starace, Fabrizio; Ferri, Paola. - In: PSYCHIATRIC QUARTERLY. - ISSN 0033-2720. - 92:4(2021), pp. 1341-1359. [10.1007/s11126-021-09907-w]
DI LORENZO, Rosaria; Fiore, Gianluca; Bruno, Alessandra; Pinelli, Margherita; Bertani, Davide; Falcone, Patrizia; Marrama, Donatella; Starace, Fabrizio; Ferri, Paola
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