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Psychiatric disorders newly diagnosed among veterans subsequent to hospitalization for COVID-19.

Chen JI, Hickok A, O'Neill AC, Niederhausen M, Laliberte AZ, Govier DJ, Edwards ST, Gordon HS, Slatore CG, Weaver FM, Young R, Hynes DM. Psychiatric disorders newly diagnosed among veterans subsequent to hospitalization for COVID-19. Psychiatry Research. 2022 Jun 1; 312:114570.

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Abstract:

OBJECTIVE: The goal of our study was to evaluate the development of new mental health diagnoses up to 6-months following COVID-19 hospitalization for in a large, national sample. METHOD: Data were extracted for all Veterans hospitalized at Veterans Health Administration hospitals for COVID-19 from March through August of 2020 utilizing national administrative data. After identifying the cohort, follow-up data were linked through six months post-hospitalization. Data were analyzed using logistic regression. RESULTS: Eight percent of patients developed a new mental health diagnosis following hospitalization. The most common new mental health diagnoses involved depressive, anxiety, and adjustment disorders. Younger and rural patients were more likely to develop new mental health diagnoses. Women and those with more comorbidities were less likely to develop new diagnoses. CONCLUSION: A subpopulation of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 developed new mental health diagnoses. Unique demographics predictors indicate the potential need for additional outreach and screening to groups at elevated risk of post-hospitalization, mental health sequelae.





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