Hong Kong Med J 2012;18(Suppl 3):S24-7
Mental health impact of severe acute respiratory syndrome: a prospective study
YK Wing, CM Leung
Department of Psychiatry, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
1. Psychiatric disorders and chronic fatigue were common among severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) survivors even after 3 years, and were associated with various functional impairments.
2. Factors associated with the post-SARS experience and dysfunctions (including perceived stigmatisation, frequent recall, medicolegal issues, and working status) were likely to be related to long-term psychiatric disorders and fatigue.
3. A proportion of SARS survivors may have partial insufficient adrenal responses, but the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal status was not related to the psychiatric and fatigue status.