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Mental Health Needs of Health Care Workers Providing Frontline COVID-19 Care

  • 1Editor, JAMA Health Forum
  • 2Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

The landscape of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is rapidly changing, with new hot spots of concentrated coronavirus infections emerging across the US and around the world. Nearly every day, novel studies and insightful commentaries are being published by the JAMA Network and other leading biomedical journals. While the biology, epidemiology, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of COVID-19 are the main focus of these reports, it will become increasingly important to study and address the health care needs of clinicians and other health care workers responding to the unprecedented demands of caring for patients with COVID-19.1,2

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    1 Comment for this article
    Double Burden on Mental Health.
    Anatoly Zhirkov, professor | Saint Petersburg State University
    I read the article by Prof J Ayanian with great interest. Indeed, healthcare workers struggling with coronavirus have a greater mental stress burden. Adverse factors can be divided into traditional intensive care units and specific ones associated with coronavirus infection. Both causes severe symptoms of depression, anxiety, and psychological distress.

    The article absolutely rightly notes the involvement of telemedicine methods of maintaining the mental health of medical workers in such conditions.

    We have been developing the theory for several years, preparing future nurses to use music and other cultural factors to maintain mental health (1). In our opinion,
    the anti-stress effect of these factors should be evaluated by quantitative indicators (2).


    1. Musical performance as a form of evidence based education in nursing.
    DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.26613.06886

    2. How music change your perception © Find coronaviruses!
    DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.29474.79040