The role of Colombian psychiatrists in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic

Juan Fernando Cano, Jairo Mario González-Díaz, Alexie Vallejo-Silva, Marcela Alzate-García, Rodrigo Nel Córdoba-Rojas

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)184-188
Number of pages5
JournalRevista Colombiana de psiquiatria (English ed.)
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 5 2021


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