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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the schizophrenia - a literature review

Patrycja Pabis, Joanna Agnieszka Smolarczyk-Kosowska, Magdalena Piegza
DOI: 10.5603/PSYCH.a2021.0020

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This paper provides an overview of the impact the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic had on the schizophrenics and the course of their disease. We presented the factors increasing the risk of infection and mortality in these patients. We then focused on the means to reduce the risk of the relapse of schizophrenia, as well as on the assessment of stress level perceived in the study group. Furthermore, we analyzed the work-flow and organization of work in the institutionalized support facilities for patients suffering from schizophrenia. Additionally, we examined the pros and cons of using atypical drugs, clozapine in particular, in the schizophrenia treatment, and discussed the issue of telemedicine and long-distance medical advice, which proved vital in the times of the pandemic.

Abstract

This paper provides an overview of the impact the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic had on the schizophrenics and the course of their disease. We presented the factors increasing the risk of infection and mortality in these patients. We then focused on the means to reduce the risk of the relapse of schizophrenia, as well as on the assessment of stress level perceived in the study group. Furthermore, we analyzed the work-flow and organization of work in the institutionalized support facilities for patients suffering from schizophrenia. Additionally, we examined the pros and cons of using atypical drugs, clozapine in particular, in the schizophrenia treatment, and discussed the issue of telemedicine and long-distance medical advice, which proved vital in the times of the pandemic.

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Keywords

COVID-19; pandemic; schizophrenia

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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the schizophrenia - a literature review

Journal

Psychiatria (Psychiatry)

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Ahead of print

Article type

Review paper

Published online

2021-05-05

DOI

10.5603/PSYCH.a2021.0020

Keywords

COVID-19
pandemic
schizophrenia

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Patrycja Pabis
Joanna Agnieszka Smolarczyk-Kosowska
Magdalena Piegza

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