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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 124-125

Romanian Perspective of COVID-19 Outbreak from a Social Psychiatric Lens

1 Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iuliu Hatieganu; Romanian Association of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2 Romanian Association of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Cluj-Napoca; Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Medicine and Pharmacy Carol Davila, Bucharest, Romania
3 Romanian Association of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy; Cluj County Emergency Hospital, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
4 Public Health Expert, National Institute of Public Health Associate, Bucharest, Romania

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Doina Cozman
Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iuliu Hatieganu, Cluj-Napoca
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/WSP.WSP_36_20

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The COVID-19 pandemic brought multiple changes in everyday life and healthcare assistance, including psychiatric healthcare. With the purpose of preventing infections, on March, 16, 2020, the Romanian government established the state of emergency and issued several restrictions regarding the free movement of persons and regulations for the health-care system, thus increasing the difficulty of healthcare access, both in the public health-care system and the outpatient services. One of the measures was the suspension of nonurgent hospitalizations and consultations in outpatient setting, which, associated with the increase in referrals for anxiety and depressive symptoms generated an abrupt increase in presentations in the emergency rooms. The resulting new needs were addressed by issuing the legislation for telemedicine consultation in the outpatient network and removing some requirements in the drug prescribing procedure. Despite the lack of dedicated resources, the resilience of the health-care system was outstanding.

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