The prevalence of psychological consequences of COVID-19: A systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies

Teresa Arora, Ian Grey, Linda Östlundh, Kin Bong Hubert Lam, Omar M. Omar, Danilo Arnone

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Abstract

A systematic review and a meta-analysis were conducted to examine the overall prevalence of psychological health outcomes during COVID-19. Seven databases were systematically searched to include studies reporting on at least one psychological outcome. The pooled prevalence of primary psychological outcomes was 26% (95%CI: 21–32). Pooled prevalence for symptoms of PTSD was 33% (0–86), anxiety 28% (21–36), stress 27% (14–43), and depression 22% (13–33). The prevalence of psychological outcomes was similar in healthcare workers and in the general population (34% [24–44] and 33% [27–40] respectively). High prevalence figures support the importance of ensuring adequate provision of resources for mental health.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)805-824
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume27
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • mental health
  • meta-analysis
  • pandemic
  • psychiatry
  • systematic review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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