Psychosocial response to epidemics – lessons from Ebola applied to COVID-19


In this podcast, CPD Online Deputy Editor Dr Howard Ryland talks to Dr Peter Hughes about his experience of working in West Africa during the Ebola outbreak. They discuss what comparisons can be drawn between Ebola and COVID-19 and examine the lessons we can learn from the psychosocial response seen in West Africa – from the perspective of patients, healthcare workers and wider society.


Date published: 28 April 2020

Presenter: Dr Howard Ryland

Interviewee: Dr Peter Hughes

Audio running time: 22 minutes

Credits: 0.5


Learning outcomes


By the end of this podcast, we hope you will have gained an understanding of:


  • the background to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa


  • how the Ebola epidemic compares to the COVID-19 pandemic


  • how we can support good mental healthcare during times of crisis


  • the interaction between clinical and public health perspectives during an outbreak


  • practical tips to help patients, staff and ourselves.



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