Multidisciplinary research priorities for the COVID-19 pandemic: a call for action for mental health science

Published By: Lancet Psychiatry | Published Date: April, 15 , 2020

This article explores the psychological, social, and neuroscientific effects of COVID-19 and set out the immediate priorities and longer-term strategies for mental health science research. These priorities were informed by surveys of the public and an expert panel convened by the UK Academy of Medical Sciences and the mental health research charity, MQ: Transforming Mental Health, in the first weeks of the pandemic in the UK in March, 2020. The need to maintain high-quality research standards is imperative. International collaboration and a global perspective will be beneficial. An immediate priority is collecting high-quality data on the mental health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic across the whole population and vulnerable groups, and on brain function, cognition, and mental health of patients with COVID-19. There is an urgent need for research to address how mental health consequences for vulnerable groups can be mitigated under pandemic conditions, and on the impact of repeated media consumption and health messaging around COVID-19. This Position Paper provides a strategy that may be both adapted for, and integrated with, research efforts in other countries.

Author(s): Emily A Holmes, Rory C O'Connor | Posted on: May 21, 2020 | Views()

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