Literature Review of Mental Health and Psychosocial Aspects of Ebola Virus Disease

Anna Grigoryan, Rebecca Bitsko, Ha Young Lee, Barbara Lopes-Cardozo, Ruth Perou


The mental health and psychosocial implications of the 2014 Ebola outbreak are multifaceted, impacting survivors, families, healthcare providers, and the public health response. We conducted a literature review and summarized published information pertinent to mental health and psychosocial aspects of Ebola virus disease (EVD). A total of 140 documents were identified, including peer-reviewed research, newspaper articles, pamphlets, and guidelines/training manuals. One of the main obstacles in reducing the outbreak has been the widespread ignorance, and potential panic over EVD, leading to fear, isolation, and stigmatization. Using results of this review we developed stigma mitigation messages for Ebola survivors and responders.

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Online Journal of Public Health Informatics * ISSN 1947-2579 *