Covid-19 related suffering: patients and geriatricians on an equal footing

Dominique Piette, Catherine Magnette Published in the journal : October 2021 Category : Geriatry

Summary :

This article describes the case of two elderly patients suffering from COVID-19 and admitted to a geriatric ward. It refers to the physical but, above all, psychological suffering that affects both the patients and their geriatricians at their bedside. Based on international literature, we analyze the severity of COVID-19 consequences on mental health. Moreover, we also add recommendations to be implemented so as to limit the impact of this long-term suffering.

What is already known about the topic?

The psychological impact of the COVID-19 crisis is both significant and residual.

What does this article bring up for us?

A new point of view: the elderly patients affected by COVID-19 and their front-line geriatricians experience the same psychological suffering.

Key Words

Geriatrician, COVID-19, psychological suffering, depression, anxiety