Tele-Psychiatry during COVID-19 at HMC Peshawar


  • Wajid Ali Akhunzada
  • Darya Khan Laghari
  • Hooria Rasheed
  • Amer Abbas
  • Nadia Hameed
  • Sara Ayub
  • Huma Mughal


Tele-psychiatry, Covid-19, depression, anxiety, new patients and area of living.


Objective: The main objectives of the current study were to find out the frequencies of Psychiatric disorders in the general population during COVID-19 and to compare the gender-based association between newly diagnosed patients during COVID-19 with already existing psychiatric patients in Peshawar to provide patient care on priority bases.

Methodology: This Cross-sectional design study was carried out in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, HMC/MTI, from May to August 2020. Those patients who approached psychiatry OPD through video/audio online calls and could understand and respond to suggestions were included. The bio-data was collected, and DSM-5 criteria were used for diagnosis. Descriptive statistics were used for statistical significance, and the statistical package of social sciences (SPSS-21) was used for analysis and results.

Results: The results findings of the current study revealed that 59.3% of the patients approached for telepsychiatry consultation were from the district of Peshawar. Among them, 54% were female, and most patients were young married females (50.7%) with no job outside the home. The finding further revealed that most of the sample affected by psychiatric illness were uneducated (31.3%) and unemployed (28%). Furthermore, in the present findings, 46% of patients were diagnosed with depression, and 12% had Dissociative disorders.

Conclusion: It is concluded from the present study that in the Covid-19 Pandemic, primarily females who were married with no job description are more vulnerable to psychiatric illness. Furthermore, during Covid-19 mostly cases were reported with depression and dissociative disorders.



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Akhunzada WA, Laghari DK, Rasheed H, Abbas A, Hameed N, Ayub S, Mughal H. Tele-Psychiatry during COVID-19 at HMC Peshawar. J Liaq Uni Med Health Sci [Internet]. 2023 Mar. 29 [cited 2024 Jun. 20];22(01):64-7. Available from: