Providing Home Treatment for Acute Mental Illness During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Psychiatr Serv. 2022 Jul;73(7):834-837. doi: 10.1176/ Epub 2021 Nov 29.


The Intensive Home Treatment Team in Edinburgh provides care at home for those with acute and severe mental health problems. During the first COVID-19 lockdown, the team conducted and evaluated video and telephone calls but also continued seeing most patients face to face to ensure adequate care. The in-person care was achieved safely, without an increase in staff sickness events. During the lockdown, the team observed more cases of psychosis, particularly acute and transient psychosis and first-episode psychosis, particularly among women.

Keywords: COVID-19; Community psychiatry; Crisis intervention; First-episode psychosis; Psychoses; Women.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19*
  • Communicable Disease Control
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders* / epidemiology
  • Mental Disorders* / therapy
  • Pandemics / prevention & control
  • Psychotic Disorders* / therapy