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Impact of COVID-19 on mental health research: Is this the breaking point?

Lookup NU author(s): Dr William Lee, Dr Aditya SharmaORCiD, Professor Allan Young


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Copyright © The Author(s), 2022. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Summary There are many structural problems facing the UK at present, from a weakened National Health Service to deeply ingrained inequality. These challenges extend through society to clinical practice and have an impact on current mental health research, which was in a perilous state even before the coronavirus pandemic hit. In this editorial, a group of psychiatric researchers who currently sit on the Academic Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and represent the breadth of research in mental health from across the UK discuss the challenges faced in academic mental health research. They reflect on the need for additional investment in the specialty and ask whether this is a turning point for the future of mental health research.

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Author(s): Sparasci O, Bhui K, Biswas A, Chamberlain S, Dubicka B, Dudas R, Farooq S, Ford T, Husain N, Jones I, Killaspy H, Lee W, Lingford-Hughes A, Mulholland C, Rubinsztein J, Shankar R, Sharma A, Sinclair L, Stone J, Young A

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Journal of Psychiatry

Year: 2022

Volume: 220

Issue: 5

Pages: 254-256

Online publication date: 17/02/2022

Acceptance date: 21/12/2021

ISSN (print): 0007-1250

ISSN (electronic): 1472-1465

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


DOI: 10.1192/bjp.2022.8

PubMed id: 35172915