TitlePsychiatric disorders newly diagnosed among veterans subsequent to hospitalization for COVID-19.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsChen, JI, Hickok, A, O'Neill, AC, Niederhausen, M, Laliberte, AZ, Govier, DJ, Edwards, ST, Gordon, HS, Slatore, CG, Weaver, FM, Young, R, Hynes, DM
JournalPsychiatry Res
Date Published06/2022
KeywordsAdjustment Disorders, Comorbidity, COVID-19, Female, Hospitalization, Humans, Mental Disorders, United States, United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans

OBJECTIVE: The goal of our study was to evaluate the development of new mental health diagnoses up to 6-months following COVID-19 hospitalization for in a large, national sample.

METHOD: Data were extracted for all Veterans hospitalized at Veterans Health Administration hospitals for COVID-19 from March through August of 2020 utilizing national administrative data. After identifying the cohort, follow-up data were linked through six months post-hospitalization. Data were analyzed using logistic regression.

RESULTS: Eight percent of patients developed a new mental health diagnosis following hospitalization. The most common new mental health diagnoses involved depressive, anxiety, and adjustment disorders. Younger and rural patients were more likely to develop new mental health diagnoses. Women and those with more comorbidities were less likely to develop new diagnoses.

CONCLUSION: A subpopulation of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 developed new mental health diagnoses. Unique demographics predictors indicate the potential need for additional outreach and screening to groups at elevated risk of post-hospitalization, mental health sequelae.

Alternate JournalPsychiatry Res
PubMed ID35487047
PubMed Central IDPMC9023376