Authors: Röthke N., Günthner L., Stoffers-Winterling J., Kunzler A. M., Lieb K.
This review and relating protocol are elaborated in view of the current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. The ongoing pandemic is causing a worldwide burden on the population through overtaxing the healthcare system, lockdown of economy, contact ban, curfews and quarantine measures. We intend to conduct a systematic review to identify and summarize the available literature on the psychological distress during the current pandemic in the general population, healthcare workers and patients, as well as possible risk factors and protective factors. The identification of these factors may inform the decisions of researchers and policy makers and might be used to develop psychosocial interventions for different target groups. Building on the searches we conducted for the original review version, and in light of the rapidly accumulating evidence in this field, we considered it worthwhile to broaden the scope and also include different patient groups in addition to the general population and healthcare workers. This is the protocol for an updated version of a review on the same issue comprising more advanced methods, including meta-analysis, more population groups and an updated search period.