The COVID-19 outbreak and psychiatric hospitals in China: Managing challenges through mental health service reform

Yu Tao Xiang, Yan Jie Zhao, Zi Han Liu, Xiao Hong Li, Na Zhao, Teris Cheung, Chee H. Ng

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Recently, more than 300 Chinese patients with psychiatric disorders were diagnosed with the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Possible reasons quoted in the report were the lack of caution regarding the COVID-19 outbreak in January and insufficient supplies of protective gear. We outlined major challenges for patients with psychiatric disorders and mental health professionals during the COVID-19 outbreak, and also discussed how to manage these challenges through further mental health service reform in China.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1741-1744
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Biological Sciences
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020


  • COVID-19
  • Psychiatric disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology

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