[COVID-19 Pandemic and Psychiatry – How much have the Interests of People with Psychiatric Disorders been Considered in German Laws?]

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Official regulations during the first COVID-19 lockdown in Germany were analyzed concerning their impact on patients with psychiatric disorders.All regulations valid between March 1, 2020 and June 30, 2020 with a link to health were included in the analysis.A total of 344 regulations was identified. Psychiatric health care structures were severely limited with significant heterogeneity concerning extent and duration between the different Federal states. In four Federal states, psychiatric hospitals were exempted from providing capacities towards intensive care. Three Federal states loosened visiting limitations for psychiatric patients.During the first lockdown, a broad range of regulations concerning the health care system was adopted often without specifically addressing psychiatric disorders. In the future, the needs of psychiatric patients have to be considered more thoroughly.

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Authors: Jonathan Mathias Fasshauer, Georg Schomerus, Katarina Stengler