El rol del psiquiatra colombiano en medio de la pandemia de COVID-19

Translated title of the contribution: The Role of Colombian Psychiatrists in the Midst of the COVID 19 Pandemic

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Introduction: The COVID-19 pandemic is having an impact on multiple levels, one being the way of providing mental health care services. A study was proposed in order to identify the standpoints regarding the role we must assume as psychiatrists in the setting of this pandemic in Colombia. Methods: A study was developed employing a Delphi-type methodology. Three types of psychiatrist were included for the application of the instrument: directors of academic psychiatry programmes, directors of mental health institutions and private practitioners. Results: Responses were collected over the course of a month (between April and May) by 24 participants corresponding to 14 private practitioners (58.3%), 6 heads of academic programmes (25.1%) and 4 directors of mental health services (16.6%). The results, grouped around the psychiatric work, describe the impact generated by the pandemic and the possible role of the specialist. Conclusions: Consistency was identified around the need to provide a differential approach according to the vulnerabilities of each group of people exposed to the pandemic; as well as the remote provision of health care through technology, often using videoconferencing.

Translated title of the contributionThe Role of Colombian Psychiatrists in the Midst of the COVID 19 Pandemic
Original languageSpanish
JournalRevista Colombiana de Psiquiatria
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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