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    Psychological Distress during the COVID-19 pandemic in France: a national assessment of at-risk populations

    Authors: Benjamin Chaix; Guillaume Delamon; Arthur Guillemasse; Benoit Brouard; Jean-Emmanuel Bibault

    doi:10.1101/2020.05.10.20093161 Date: 2020-05-15 Source: medRxiv

    Introduction More than 2.5 billion people in the world are currently in lockdowns to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus disease MESHD 2019 (COVID-19). Psychological Distress (PD) and Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder MESHD have been reported after traumatic events, but the specific effect of pandemics is not well known. The aim of this study was to assess PD in France, a country where COVID-19 had such a dramatic impact that it required a country-wide lockdown. Patients and methods We recruited patients in 4 groups of chatbot users followed for breast cancer MESHD, asthma HP asthma MESHD, depression MESHD and migraine HP migraine MESHD. We used the Psychological Distress Index (PDI), a validated scale to measure PD during traumatic MESHD events, and correlated PD risk with patients characteristics in order to better identify the one who were the most at-risk. Results The study included 1771 participants. 91.25% (1616) were female TRANS with a mean age TRANS of 32.8 years (SD=13,71), 7.96% (141) were male TRANS with a mean age TRANS of 28.0 years (SD=8,14). In total, 38.06% (674) of the respondents had psychological distress (PDI [≥]15). An ANOVA analysis showed that sex (p=0.00132), unemployment (p=7.16x10-6) and depression MESHD (p=7.49x10-7) were significantly associated with a higher PDI score. Patients using their smartphone or computer more than one hour a day also had a higher PDI score (p=0.02588). Conclusion Prevalence SERO of PD in at-risk patients is high. These patients are also at increased risk to develop Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder MESHD. Specific steps should be implemented to monitor and prevent PD through dedicated mental health policies if we want to limit the public health impact of COVID-19 in time.

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