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Aust NZJ Public Health. June 7, 2021. doi: 10.1111 / 1753-6405.13106. Online before printing.


OBJECTIVES: To report the quarantine experience for international comers in South Australia who may require quarantine at a Medi-Hotel during the COVID-19 pandemic and describe the range of evidence-based support services to address the mental health impact of the quarantine to mitigate.

METHODS: A range of services aimed at promoting physical and mental wellbeing were offered. Data from 533 adult respondents from 721 passengers were included. The Kessler 10 was used to measure mental stress at two points in time.

RESULTS: About 7.1% of the respondents reported psychological stress at the first time, which was reduced to 2.4% at the second time. At no time was there a significant difference in psychological distress by gender. The mean K10 score at time 1 was 13.6 (standard deviation = 5.2) and the mean K10 score at time 2 was 11.5 (standard deviation = 3.1), with a significant reduction in the mean values ​​(p <0.001 ) between the two times.

CONCLUSIONS: The level of psychological stress in repatriated Australians was low on arrival and continued to improve by the time they were released from quarantine. Public Health Impact: A collaborative, cross-sectoral approach to providing support services to people in quarantine can mitigate risks to mental well-being.

PMID: 34097327 | DOI: 10.1111 / 1753-6405.13106

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