What is it about?

The COVID-19 pandemic caused by SARS-COVID-2 has affected the global population since December 2019, with over 108 million confirmed cases and 2.3 million deaths reported globally. Ethiopia is currently in a critical phase, with high death rates due to COVID-19. People with chronic medical illnesses are more likely to become infected and have worse outcomes and higher mortality rates. The pandemic has also had a negative impact on mental health, particularly among vulnerable groups. This study aims to determine the knowledge, practice, prevalence of depression and anxiety, and associated factors among chronic disease patients in three hospitals in the Sidama region of Ethiopia.

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Why is it important?

The results can inform public health authorities and media in their efforts to control the spread of COVID-19.

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This page is a summary of: Knowledge, practice, and impact of COVID-19 on mental health among patients with chronic health conditions at selected hospitals of Sidama regional state, Ethiopia, PLoS ONE, June 2022, PLOS, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0269171.
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