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Mental health
Reliable and comprehensive assessment of post-traumatic stress disorder is required to provide population-based prevention and treatment of PTSD during the COVID-19 pandemic
  1. Akhtar Ebrahimi Ghassemi
  1. Nursing Department, Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Akhtar Ebrahimi Ghassemi, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY 13820, USA; ghassemia{at}

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Commentary on: Salehi M, Amanat M, Mohammadi M, et al. The prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder related symptoms in coronavirus outbreaks: a systematic-review and meta- analysis. J Affect Disord 2021; 527–538;

Implications for practice and research

  • To prevent post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) during the pandemic, it is necessary to support the psychological well-being of the general population and healthcare workers through providing evidence-based and trauma-informed mental healthcare.

  • Future research should focus on developing objective assessments of PTSD as well as strategies for early detection and screening of PTSD in high-risk populations during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.


The COVID-19 health crisis has increased psychological distress due to the required modifications in individual’s daily routines1 2, and it appears to trigger fear, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).3 While previous reviews speculate high prevalence of mental disorders among healthcare workers,2 …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.