Volume 7 Issue 2 (March - April), 2021

Original Articles

Virtual vs Physical counselling- Results from Relatives of COVID 19 patients
Neeru Bala, Gurinderbir Singh, Nittu Sidhu, Manjit Singh

Background: Covid -19 pandemic is the major health crisis of 21st century affecting the world with over 8 crore cases and 18 lacs deaths and is associated with adverse mental health consequences. Objectives: To compare the effects of physical and virtual counselling in relatives of Covid- 19 patients. Materials and methods: The relatives of patients to be involved in the study will be assessed. Those meeting the inclusion criteria will be further evaluated using self-structured sociodemographic Performa. Sociodemographic details Psychiatric comorbidity will be assessed using MINI, following which they will be assessed for their psychological wellbeing using CAREGIVER SELF ASSESMENT QUESTIONARE. Results & Conclusion: The psychotherapy offered by both virtual and physical methods counselling in relatives of Covid- 19 patients was at par with each other benefitting the caregivers undergoing serious mental stress pertaining to COVID-19 pandemic. Keywords: Covid19, counselling, mental health, distress.

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