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Knowledge and Attitudes of Medical Staff in Chinese Psychiatric Hospitals Regarding COVID-19

Published time: 29 March 2020

Authors: Yudong Shi, Juan Wang, Yating Yang, Zhiqiang Wang, Guoqing Wang, Kenji
Hashimoto, Kai Zhang, Huanzhong Liu

Keywords: COVID-19, knowledge, attitudes, psychiatrists, nurses


On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus COVID-19 a pandemic. There are patients in psychiatric hospitals in China who have been infected with COVID-19, however, the knowledge and attitudes of psychiatric hospital staff towards infectious diseases and their willingness to work during the COVID-19 outbreak has not yet been investigated. This study was performed to assess the knowledge and attitudes of medical staff in two Chinese mental health centers during the COVID-19 outbreak. We included 141 psychiatrists and 170 psychiatric nurses in the study. We found that during the COVID-19 epidemic, 89.51% of the medical staff of the psychiatric hospitals studied had extensive knowledge of COVID-19, and 64.63% of them received the relevant training in hospitals. Furthermore, about 77.17% of participants expressed a willingness to care for psychiatric patients suffering from COVID-19 virus infection. Independent predictors of willingness to care for patients included advanced training and experience of caring for patients with COVID-19. In conclusion, this study suggests that increased attention should be paid to the knowledge and attitudes of medical staff at psychiatric hospitals during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Knowledge and attitudes of medical staff in Chinese psychiatric hospitals regarding COVID-19



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