Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Mental Health Care Delivery: A Narrative Review

  • Binil V Associate Professor, Manipal College of Nursing, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka, India.
  • Divya KY Lecturer, College of Nursing, Sultan Qaboos University, Al Khoud, Muscat 123, Sultanate of Oman
Keywords: COVID-19, Mental Health Care, Pandemic, Impact on Mental Health


Background: Mental health care professionals across the globe should be prepared to contain the spread of COVID-19 among clients with mental illness and should adopt appropriate strategies to manage them effectively.

Objective: The objective of this review was to summarize the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on mental health delivery.

Methods: A comprehensive literature search was done to identify the effect of COVID-19 global pandemic in mental health delivery. Articles addressing mental health concerns of COVID-19 and its impact on preexisting mental illness and mental health care delivery, available free download in English language were included. A total of nine primary studies published from the onset of COVID-19 until 15th July 2020 were referred to prepare this narrative review.

Result: There is evidence that patients with preexisting mental illnesses shows increase in stress, anxiety, sleep disturbances and COVID-19 related delusions and hallucinations during this global pandemic. The proposed drug treatment for COVID-19 and the imposed restrictions on the public to prevent the spread of the disease had resulted in exacerbation of existing mental illness or triggered new mental illness.

Conclusion: There should be more research coming up to understand the real effect of COVID-19 on mental health care delivery and possible alternatives to global mental health delivery at the time of global pandemic.

How to cite this article:
Binil V, Divya KY. Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Mental Health Care Delivery: A Narrative Review. J Commun Dis 2021; 53(1): 89-95.



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