As has been discussed in prior episodes, many individuals are at risk for worsening mental health outcomes as a result of the pandemic. Given the existing shortage of mental healthcare providers in our country and the increasing demand, we can expect increasing strain on mental healthcare services in the future.
In this episode, we describe how the ways in clinicians support patients and provide clinical care may evolve as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. How mental health care systems will continue to evolve over time is not possible to predict, but we can expect changes at all levels of psychiatric care and a move towards increased telehealth services. In addition, we can expect a significant rise in post-traumatic stress symptoms among our patients making trauma-informed approaches to clinical care essential.
Content Development: Harvard Medical Student COVID-19 Curriculum
Narration: Kanchi Mehta
Script Preparation: Kanchi Mehta
Editing: Kanchi Mehta
Modified with Permission from the Harvard Medical Student COVID-19 Curriculum
Original Content Authors: Okechi Boms; Taylor Brown; Sun Fletcher; Colby Hyland; Katie Kester; Danny Linggonegoro; Catherine Mankiw; Katherine McDaniel, MSc; Larisa Shagababayeva
Original Content Editor: Catherine Mankiw
Original Content Reviewers: Jennifer Potter, MD; Fernando Rodriguez-Villa, MD; Nhi-Ha Trinh, MD, MPH; Aliya Feroe; King Fok, MSc; Sabra Katz-Wise, PhD