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Anticipating PTSD in severe COVID survivors: the case for screen-and-treat

Greene, Talya; El-Leithy, Sharif; Billings, Jo; Albert, Idit; Birch, Jennifer; Campbell, Mari; Ehntholt, Kim; ... Bloomfield, Michael AP; + view all (2022) Anticipating PTSD in severe COVID survivors: the case for screen-and-treat. European Journal of Psychotraumatology , 13 (1) , Article 1959707. 10.1080/20008198.2021.1959707. Green open access

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Abstract

Based on research from previous pandemics, studies of critical care survivors, and emerging COVID-19 data, we estimate that up to 30% of survivors of severe COVID will develop PTSD. PTSD is frequently undetected across primary and secondary care settings and the psychological needs of survivors may be overshadowed by a focus on physical recovery. Delayed PTSD diagnosis is associated with poor outcomes. There is a clear case for survivors of severe COVID to be systematically screened for PTSD, and those that develop PTSD should receive timely access to evidence-based treatment for PTSD and other mental health problems by multidisciplinary teams.

Type: Article
Title: Anticipating PTSD in severe COVID survivors: the case for screen-and-treat
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/20008198.2021.1959707
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/20008198.2021.1959707
Language: English
Additional information: © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Keywords: Psychological trauma, mental health screening, PTSD assessment, long COVID, intensive care, critical care
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10142735
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