The COVID-19 outbreak and psychiatric hospitals in China: managing challenges through mental health service reform

Int J Biol Sci. 2020 Mar 15;16(10):1741-1744. doi: 10.7150/ijbs.45072. eCollection 2020.


Recently, more than 300 Chinese patients with psychiatric disorders were diagnosed with the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Possible reasons quoted in the report were the lack of caution regarding the COVID-19 outbreak in January and insufficient supplies of protective gear. We outlined major challenges for patients with psychiatric disorders and mental health professionals during the COVID-19 outbreak, and also discussed how to manage these challenges through further mental health service reform in China.

Keywords: COVID-19; psychiatric disorders.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Betacoronavirus*
  • COVID-19
  • China / epidemiology
  • Coronavirus Infections / complications
  • Coronavirus Infections / psychology*
  • Disease Outbreaks
  • Health Care Reform
  • Hospitals, Psychiatric
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / complications*
  • Mental Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Mental Health Services / supply & distribution*
  • Pandemics
  • Pneumonia, Viral / complications
  • Pneumonia, Viral / psychology*
  • Psychiatry
  • Quarantine / psychology
  • SARS-CoV-2