Intended for healthcare professionals

Research News

Covid-19: Nearly 20% of patients receive psychiatric diagnosis within three months of covid, study finds

BMJ 2020; 371 doi: (Published 11 November 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m4386

Read our latest coverage of the coronavirus outbreak

  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

Almost one in five people in the US with covid-19 received a psychiatric diagnosis in the three months afterwards, a study has shown.1

The rate of diagnosis was significantly higher than that seen after other health events such as other respiratory tract infections, researchers found.

For the study published in the Lancet Psychiatry,1 researchers from the University of Oxford, UK, and the health research network TriNetX examined the anonymised patient records of just over 62 000 people with covid-19 diagnosed from 20 January to 1 August 2020. Overall, 18.1% of patients received a psychiatric diagnosis in the 14 to 90 days after covid-19 was confirmed—a quarter of which were the first time a mental health condition had been …

View Full Text