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Title: The COVID-19 outbreak and psychiatric hospitals in China : managing challenges through mental health service reform
Authors: Xiang, YT
Zhao, YJ
Liu, ZH
Li, XH
Zhao, N
Cheung, T 
Ng, CH
Issue Date: 2020
Source: International journal of biological sciences, 15 Mar. 2020, v. 16, no. 10, p. 1741-1744
Abstract: 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.
Keywords: COVID-19
Psychiatric disorders
Publisher: Ivyspring International Publisher
Journal: International journal of biological sciences 
EISSN: 1449-2288
DOI: 10.7150/ijbs.45072
Rights: © The author(s). This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( See for full terms and conditions.
The following publication Xiang YT, Zhao YJ, Liu ZH, Li XH, Zhao N, Cheung T, Ng CH. The COVID-19 outbreak and psychiatric hospitals in China: managing challenges through mental health service reform. Int J Biol Sci 2020; 16(10):1741-1744 is available at
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