SATU Presidents’ Forum proudly presents a Joint Research Scheme (JRS) Webinar on
Date: 18 March 2021 (Thursday)
Time: 14:00 – 15:00 (GMT+8)
Medium: Cisco Webex Meetings
*Registration is required, as confirmation email with link of the webinar room will be sent to participants.
Dr. Huai-Hsuan Tseng
Deputy Director, International Medical Center, National Cheng Kung University Hospital
Dr. Gina Anindyajati
Psychiatrist, Cipto Mangunkusumo National General Hospital & Department of Psychiatry, Universitas Indonesia
Prof. Ricky Wenkuei Chuang
Associate Vice President for International Affairs, National Cheng Kung University
The Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) appeared in December 2019. The World Health Organization declared the outbreak of a pandemic in March 2020. As at late February 2021, it had affected more than 113 million individuals with the total number of deaths have reached 2.5 million. The pandemic has hugely disrupted the world socially and economically, and it has caused a substantial impact on mental health globally. This study aimed to investigate the attitudes and behaviors of mental health service users, caregivers and health service workers from selected Asia-Pacific countries, mainly Taiwan and Indonesia during the COVID-19 pandemic. A cross sectional study has been conducted in National Cheng Kung University Hospital, Taiwan and University of Indonesia, Indonesia. Data was collected through an online questionnaire which includes items assessing awareness and response to the epidemic situation, interpersonal support, physical and mental health, life shock of the epidemic situation, resources possessed, sources of information, mood and anxiety status, and sociodemographic and clinical data. Currently, our preliminary results showed that the level of worrying towards pandemic is still prominent, but the ease of access and satisfaction towards mental health care may have returned to pre-COVID-19 pandemic level in medical centers in both Indonesia and Taiwan. COVID-19 pandemic have changed the usual mental health service delivery in Indonesia, but not as prominent in Taiwan. For mental health service users, caregivers and health professionals, this brought challenges due to reduced duration for treatment and may lead to less satisfying experience. Furthermore, the psychological well-being in mental health workers is a hidden critical concern in a long run. The psychological well-being of health care workers, even mental health professionals, should also be promoted when the pandemic lasts longer than expected.
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