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Table 1 Eligibility criteria

From: The effectiveness of psychological support interventions for those exposed to mass infectious disease outbreaks: a systematic review





Study Design

Healthcare staff exposed to mass infectious disease outbreaks e.g. nurses, physicians, allied health professionals, healthcare support staff.

General population, (all ages) including children, adolescents, adults, patients exposed to mass infectious disease outbreaks.

Any healthcare setting or any community setting, in any country.

Psychological or psychosocial interventions used to support the mental health of those exposed to mass infectious disease outbreaks, including: H1N1 (a type of influenza A virus), swine flu, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS - SARS-CoV-2 is a virus that can cause COVID-19, a disease), Ebola, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), and COVID-19.

Any comparator. For example, comparison with no care, with usual care, with another type of psychological support intervention, or with a pharmacological intervention.

Measurable changes (or perceived levels of changes) in mental health disorders including depression, anxiety or stress.

Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs).

Cluster RCTs.