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dc.description.abstractMental health conditions include a range of mental, neurological, and substance use (MNS) disorders and their associated psychosocial, cognitive and intellectual disabilities. The direct and indirect consequences of the pandemic impact these conditions in many ways. People living in psychiatric hospitals, inpatient units, and other psychiatric institutions are likely to need special attention during disease outbreaks such as COVID-19. SARS-CoV-2 can spread rapidly within congregate residential settings, especially complex residential settings such as psychiatric hospitals. Congregate care facilities can increase the risk of COVID-19 transmission. In addition, people with mental health conditions often have medical comorbidities some of which may increase the risk of developing severe illness following COVID-19 infection. Mental health services in general hospitals and crisis intervention units take care of acute cases. All treatment facilities for people with mental disorders need to adhere to the prevailing procedures for other inpatient units in hospitals, following national and international guidelines.en_US
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dc.subjectRisk Factorsen_US
dc.subjectMental Healthen_US
dc.subjectPsychosocial Impacten_US
dc.subjectHospitals, Psychiatricen_US
dc.subjectMental Health Servicesen_US
dc.subjectIntellectual Disabilityen_US
dc.titleOperational Considerations for Psychiatric Hospitals, Inpatient Units, and Other Psychiatric Institutions during the COVID-19 Pandemic, July 2020en_US
dc.typeProcedures, manuals, guidelinesen_US
dc.rights.holderPan American Health Organizationen_US
dc.contributor.corporatenamePan American Health Organizationen_US
paho.publisher.countryUnited Statesen_US
paho.publisher.cityWashington, D.C.en_US
paho.contributor.departmentNoncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health (NMH)en_US

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