Psychological distress among people with probable COVID-19 infection: analysis of the UK Household Longitudinal Study

Niedzwiedz, C. , Benzeval, M., Hainey, K., Leyland, A. and Katikireddi, V. (2021) Psychological distress among people with probable COVID-19 infection: analysis of the UK Household Longitudinal Study. BJPsych Open, 7(3), e104. (doi: 10.1192/bjo.2021.63) (PMID:34001295) (PMCID:PMC8134894)

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Abstract

Studies exploring the longer-term effects of experiencing coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) on mental health are lacking. We explored the relationship between reporting probable COVID-19 symptoms in April 2020 and psychological distress (measured using the General Health Questionnaire) 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7 months later. Data were taken from the UK Household Longitudinal Study, a nationally representative household panel survey of UK adults. Elevated levels of psychological distress were found up to 7 months after probable COVID-19, compared with participants with no likely infection. Associations were stronger among younger age groups and men. Further research into the psychological sequalae of COVID-19 is urgently needed.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Katikireddi, Professor Vittal and Hainey, Dr Kirsten and Leyland, Professor Alastair and Niedzwiedz, Dr Claire and Benzeval, Dr Michaela
Authors: Niedzwiedz, C., Benzeval, M., Hainey, K., Leyland, A., and Katikireddi, V.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:BJPsych Open
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN:2056-4724
ISSN (Online):2056-4724
Published Online:18 May 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © The Author(s), 2021
First Published:First published in BJPsych Open 7(3): e104
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence

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