Comorbidity and COVID-19: investigating the relationship between medical and psychological well-being

Owen Stafford, Anna Berry, Laura K. Taylor, Sinead Wearen, Cian Prendergast, Eddie Murphy, Mark Shevlin, Louise McHugh, Alan Carr, Tom Burke*

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The unprecedented occurrence of a global pandemic is accompanied by both physical and psychological burdens that may impair quality of life. Research relating to COVID-19 aims to determine the effects of the pandemic on vulnerable populations who are at high risk of developing negative health or psychosocial outcomes. Having an ongoing medical condition during a pandemic may lead to greater psychological distress. Increased psychological distress may be due to preventative public health measures (e.g. lockdown), having an ongoing medical condition, or a combination of these factors. This study analyses data from an online cross-sectional national survey of adults in Ireland and investigates the relationship between comorbidity and psychological distress. Those with a medical condition (n128) were compared to a control group without a medical condition (n128) and matched according to age, gender, annual income, education, and work status during COVID-19. Participants and data were obtained during the first public lockdown in Ireland (27.03.202008.06.2020). Individuals with existing medical conditions reported significantly higher levels of anxiety (p
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
JournalIrish Journal of Psychological Medicine
Early online date16 Apr 2021
Publication statusEarly online date - 16 Apr 2021

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© College of Psychiatrists of Ireland 2021.

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  • Comorbidity
  • COVID-19
  • Ireland
  • Mental Health
  • Pandemic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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