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    Research Letter
    June 1, 2020

    Mental Health of Young Physicians in China During the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak

    Author Affiliations
    • 1Brain Science and Technology Research Center, Key Laboratory for the Genetics of Development and Neuropsychiatric Disorders (Ministry of Education), Shanghai Key Laboratory of Psychotic Disorders, Institute of Psychology and Behavioral Science, Bio-X Institutes, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China
    • 2Michigan Neuroscience Institute, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    • 3Department of Hospital Administration, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai, China
    • 4Shanghai Mental Health Center, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai, China
    • 5Department of Psychiatry, Department of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    JAMA Netw Open. 2020;3(6):e2010705. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.10705

    With more than 3 million cases worldwide, the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) poses a growing global public health challenge.1 Medical personnel disproportionately bear the additional physical and psychological burdens associated with pandemics, yet the mental health implications of COVID-19 for physicians are unknown.2,3 In this cohort study, we assessed anxiety, depression, mood, and other established factors associated with mental health problems in a cohort of young physicians in China before and during the outbreak.

    The ethics committees of Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the University of Michigan approved this study. All participants provided written informed consent and were compensated ¥25 (as of May 7, 2020, ¥1 = $0.14 US). This study follows the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) reporting guideline.