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Mental healthcare for psychiatric inpatients during the COVID-19 epidemic
  1. Shen Li1 and
  2. Yong Zhang2
  1. 1 Department of Psychiatry, College of Basic Medical Sciences, Tianjin Medical University, Tianjin, China
  2. 2 Department of Bipolar Disorder, Tianjin Anding Hospital, Tianjin, China
  1. Correspondence to Dr Yong Zhang; zhangyong{at}


During this 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pneumonia epidemic, some experts have expressed concern for the mental healthcare of different types of population groups. However, hospitalised patients with severe mental illness are seemingly overlooked. Psychiatric patients are still a vulnerable group who need to obtain more attention and respect, particularly during the COVID-19 outbreak in China. In this commentary, we briefly introduce the situation of hospitalized patients with severe mental illness and suggest some effective measures that should be rapidly undertaken to reverse current challenges.

  • mental health services
  • psychiatry
  • schizophrenia

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  • Contributors Study design: YZ; writing: YZ and SL.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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