Addition of psychiatric care shortens COVID recovery time in essential workers, study finds

Incorporating psychiatric services into COVID-19 treatment regimes of essential workers reduces recovery time and lowers the likelihood of a recurring infection, a study published in the August issue of Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found. 

A study funded by employee behavioral health provider Ascellus Health analyzed treatment records of 103 essential workers experiencing delayed recovery from COVID-19 due to stress or mental health disorders.

Ascellus clinicians provided psychiatric evaluation and three sessions of work-focused cognitive behavioral therapy to the patients, who had been referred for services between May 2020 and August 2021.

Researchers compared the patients' recovery, work status and self-reported work capability and daily functioning before and after receiving CBT.

After treatment, the workers spent less time off than time off pre-treatment and reported improvement in work performance, showing the effectiveness of integrating work-focused CBT into treatment regimens. 

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