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Worry, perceived discrimination, lifestyle changes and protective factors among recovering patients of COVID-19: A mental health intervention based study in Delhi, India

posted on 2021-08-16, 18:52 authored by Sramana MajumdarSramana Majumdar, Pragya Acholia, Simran Saraf, Siddhant Khurana

This study was conducted as part of a mental health intervention (COVID Response) with individuals who had been diagnosed with coronavirus and had completed the minimum 14 day isolation period, in the city of Delhi, India. Through a survey conducted telephonically, we assessed levels of worry, current mood, protective factors like social support and availability of adequate medical care, lifestyle changes made through the phase of diagnosis and recovery, perceived discrimination faced due to the diagnosis, and the willingness to donate blood plasma to help other patients affected by the virus. Results indicate that worry differed significantly across groups with differences in lifestyle changes, reported mood, availability of medical care, and the willingness to donate plasma.


The mental health intervention by COVID Response was funded by ACT (Action COVID-19 Team) Grants, and a micro grant was received from Peace First.


Declaration of conflicts of interest

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest.

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Lead author country

  • India

Lead author job role

  • Career College Faculty

Lead author institution

Ashoka University

Human Participants

  • Yes

Ethics statement

Owing to the sensitive exchange of information between counsellor and client, it was imperative to safeguard the privacy of clients. To maintain optimal standards of data privacy and confidentiality, each counsellor signed a non-disclosure, privacy and confidentiality agreement. Additionally, the software and tools used for the intervention were compliant with the ethical standards and privacy agreement of the Delhi Government. No user details were shared, unless there was an emergency situation or a possibility of harm to the client or others.

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