Therapeutic alliance, social inclusion and infection control – towards pandemic-adapted mental healthcare services in Switzerland

Richter, Dirk; Bonsack, Charles; Burr Furrer, Christian Markus; Gekle, Walter; Hepp, Urs; Kawohl, Wolfram; Schneeberger, Andres Ricardo; Theodoridou, Anastasia; Traber, Rafael; Jäger, Matthias (2021). Therapeutic alliance, social inclusion and infection control – towards pandemic-adapted mental healthcare services in Switzerland Swiss Archives of Neurology, Psychiatry and Psychotherapy EMH Swiss Medical Publishers 10.4414/sanp.2021.03158

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The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the Swiss mental healthcare system. Many services were downsized or closed, and admission to treatment and care institutions was restricted during lockdown. These measures were necessary according to the general containment and mitigation strategies of federal and cantonal authorities, but this situation has had negative consequences for care and treatment of service users. This paper asks for a rethink of key aspects of the Swiss mental healthcare system that have been demonstrated not to be adaptable to the pandemic. In particular, the paper suggests diversifying care and treatment settings, and strengthening outpatient and outreach services. Finally, some proposals to foster social inclusion during and after the pandemic are outlined.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

School of Health Professions > Nursing > Field of Innovation - Psychosocial Health

Name:

Richter, Dirk0000-0002-6215-6110;
Bonsack, Charles;
Burr Furrer, Christian Markus;
Gekle, Walter;
Hepp, Urs;
Kawohl, Wolfram;
Schneeberger, Andres Ricardo;
Theodoridou, Anastasia;
Traber, Rafael and
Jäger, Matthias

Subjects:

R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RT Nursing

ISSN:

2297-6981

Publisher:

EMH Swiss Medical Publishers

Language:

English

Submitter:

Dirk Richter

Date Deposited:

28 Apr 2021 11:59

Last Modified:

28 Apr 2021 11:59

Publisher DOI:

10.4414/sanp.2021.03158

ARBOR DOI:

10.24451/arbor.14664

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/14664

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