This editorial focuses on the need for research on how SARS affects patients' mental health so that the proper mental health care can be provided at various levels. "Since nearly all resources are devoted to biomedical research and medical treatment, psychosocial problems of SARS patients and their families are largely ignored. Our review of the literature using the ISI Web of Knowledge on January 17, 2004, substantiated this observation. To date, no systematic study examining psychosocial consequences of SARS has been published in scientific journals. A systematic exploration of how SARS negatively affects patients' mental health is needed so that appropriate interventions may be implemented at individual, family, and societal levels."
Center for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/
Emerging Infectious Diseases (July 2004), v.10 no.7