Objective: The COVID-19 pandemic is negatively impacting the mental health of COVID-19 patients and family members. Given the restrictions limiting in person contact to reduce the spread of the virus, a digital approach is needed to tackle the psychological aftermath of the pandemic. We present the development of a brief remote psychotherapy program for COVID-19 patients and/or their relatives.Methods: We first reviewed the literature on psychotherapeutic interventions for COVID-19 related symptoms. Based on this evidence, we leveraged ongoing clinical experiences with COVID-19 survivors and family members to design an intervention model that could be disseminated and integrated into the workflow of the mental health system.Results: This 8-session model -inspired by constructivist and hermeneutic-phenomenological therapies- serves COVID-19 patients during hospitalization, remission and recovery. This model can also be delivered to people dealing with the COVID-19 hospitalization/discharge of a family member, or the loss of a family member due to COVID-19.Conclusion: We described a remote psychotherapeutic approach to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic psychological aftermath. To date, the approach seems feasible and highly customizable to patients' needs. Studies are underway to test its preliminary efficacy. Once proven efficacious, this treatment model could provide a blueprint for future tele-psychology wide-scale interventions.

Developing a Brief Tele-Psychotherapy Model for COVID-19 Patients and Their Family Members / B. Biagianti, S. Zito, C. Fornoni, V. Ginex, M. Bellani, C. Bressi, P. Brambilla. - In: FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY. - ISSN 1664-1078. - 12(2021 Dec 02), pp. 1-10. [10.3389/fpsyg.2021.784685]

Developing a Brief Tele-Psychotherapy Model for COVID-19 Patients and Their Family Members

B. Biagianti
Primo
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C. Bressi
Penultimo
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P. Brambilla
Ultimo
2021

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Objective: The COVID-19 pandemic is negatively impacting the mental health of COVID-19 patients and family members. Given the restrictions limiting in person contact to reduce the spread of the virus, a digital approach is needed to tackle the psychological aftermath of the pandemic. We present the development of a brief remote psychotherapy program for COVID-19 patients and/or their relatives.Methods: We first reviewed the literature on psychotherapeutic interventions for COVID-19 related symptoms. Based on this evidence, we leveraged ongoing clinical experiences with COVID-19 survivors and family members to design an intervention model that could be disseminated and integrated into the workflow of the mental health system.Results: This 8-session model -inspired by constructivist and hermeneutic-phenomenological therapies- serves COVID-19 patients during hospitalization, remission and recovery. This model can also be delivered to people dealing with the COVID-19 hospitalization/discharge of a family member, or the loss of a family member due to COVID-19.Conclusion: We described a remote psychotherapeutic approach to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic psychological aftermath. To date, the approach seems feasible and highly customizable to patients' needs. Studies are underway to test its preliminary efficacy. Once proven efficacious, this treatment model could provide a blueprint for future tele-psychology wide-scale interventions.
COVID-19; tele-psychiatry; treatment development; digital mental health intervention; psychotherapy;
Settore MED/25 - Psichiatria
CAR_RIC20NSTOC_01 - DigiCOVID, a Digital Platform for COVID19+ patients and caregivers, designed to facilitate communication and mental health care delivery during and after hospitalization (DigiCOVID) - STOCCHETTI, NINO - CAR_RIC - Bandi Fondazione Cariplo - 2020
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