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Stress and psychological impact on SARS patients during the outbreak.
Can J Psychiatry. 2004 Jun; 49(6):385-90.CJ

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To examine stress and psychological impact in severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) patients during the 2003 outbreak. SARS is a novel, highly infectious pneumonia, and its psychological impact is still unclear.

METHOD

At the peak of the outbreak, SARS patients (n = 79) and healthy control subjects (n = 145) completed the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) and documented a range of psychological responses. Groups were balanced for age, sex, education, and living circumstances.

RESULTS

Stress was significantly higher in SARS patients than in healthy control subjects. Stress correlated significantly with negative psychological effects. Of SARS patients, 39% (n = 30) were infected health care workers; these individuals reported significantly more fatigue and worries about health than did other patients. Of patients, 25% (n = 20) requested psychological follow-up.

CONCLUSIONS

General stress and negative psychological effects are increased in SARS patients, particularly among infected health care workers. This may increase the risk of mood and stress-related disorders. Functional impairment is apparent in the postrecovery phase.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychiatry, The University of Hong Kong, Queen Mary Hospital, SAR, China. sechua@hkucc.hku.hkNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

15283533

Citation

Chua, Siew E., et al. "Stress and Psychological Impact On SARS Patients During the Outbreak." Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. Revue Canadienne De Psychiatrie, vol. 49, no. 6, 2004, pp. 385-90.
Chua SE, Cheung V, McAlonan GM, et al. Stress and psychological impact on SARS patients during the outbreak. Can J Psychiatry. 2004;49(6):385-90.
Chua, S. E., Cheung, V., McAlonan, G. M., Cheung, C., Wong, J. W., Cheung, E. P., Chan, M. T., Wong, T. K., Choy, K. M., Chu, C. M., Lee, P. W., & Tsang, K. W. (2004). Stress and psychological impact on SARS patients during the outbreak. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. Revue Canadienne De Psychiatrie, 49(6), 385-90.
Chua SE, et al. Stress and Psychological Impact On SARS Patients During the Outbreak. Can J Psychiatry. 2004;49(6):385-90. PubMed PMID: 15283533.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Stress and psychological impact on SARS patients during the outbreak. AU - Chua,Siew E, AU - Cheung,Vinci, AU - McAlonan,Grainne M, AU - Cheung,Charlton, AU - Wong,Josephine W S, AU - Cheung,Erik P T, AU - Chan,Marco T Y, AU - Wong,Teresa K W, AU - Choy,Khai M, AU - Chu,Chung M, AU - Lee,Peter W H, AU - Tsang,Kenneth W T, PY - 2004/7/31/pubmed PY - 2004/9/24/medline PY - 2004/7/31/entrez SP - 385 EP - 90 JF - Canadian journal of psychiatry. Revue canadienne de psychiatrie JO - Can J Psychiatry VL - 49 IS - 6 N2 - OBJECTIVE: To examine stress and psychological impact in severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) patients during the 2003 outbreak. SARS is a novel, highly infectious pneumonia, and its psychological impact is still unclear. METHOD: At the peak of the outbreak, SARS patients (n = 79) and healthy control subjects (n = 145) completed the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) and documented a range of psychological responses. Groups were balanced for age, sex, education, and living circumstances. RESULTS: Stress was significantly higher in SARS patients than in healthy control subjects. Stress correlated significantly with negative psychological effects. Of SARS patients, 39% (n = 30) were infected health care workers; these individuals reported significantly more fatigue and worries about health than did other patients. Of patients, 25% (n = 20) requested psychological follow-up. CONCLUSIONS: General stress and negative psychological effects are increased in SARS patients, particularly among infected health care workers. This may increase the risk of mood and stress-related disorders. Functional impairment is apparent in the postrecovery phase. SN - 0706-7437 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/15283533/Stress_and_psychological_impact_on_SARS_patients_during_the_outbreak_ L2 - https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/070674370404900607?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub=pubmed DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -