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Original Article

COVID-19-related Psychosocial Information: Findings from a Public Online Search Engine

Nirmalya Mukherjee, Gargi Mondal, Sashi B Gupta

Keywords : COVID-19, Mental health, Pandemic, Psychological issues, Social support, Search engine

Citation Information : Mukherjee N, Mondal G, Gupta SB. COVID-19-related Psychosocial Information: Findings from a Public Online Search Engine. Ind J Priv Psychiatry 2023; 17 (2):74-77.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10067-0148

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 14-06-2023

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2023; The Author(s).


Purpose: There is an emotional and psychosocial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We planned to find the responses provided by online search engine to an Internet user when searching for psychosocial issues related to COVID-19 pandemic. Methodology: Key terms “COVID-19” and “COVID-19 PSYCHOSOCIAL” were searched on Google search. Responses from the first five pages were considered. About 62 relevant articles were found. Results: Articles were grouped into news article, journal article, and resource article. The article describes the impact of COVID-19 and coping methods. Few provided helpline numbers and online resources like textual and audiovisual information on home-based well-being methods as well as guidance for individual care. Conclusion: Media channels, scientific community, and various government and nongovernment organizations published various articles catering to the psychosocial and mental health needs of general public, risk groups, and professionals. In the future, the acceptance, knowledge dissemination, and impact of these articles on people's attitude and practice during the pandemic situation shall be looked into. There is a need for standard guidelines for publishing public information on online public forums.

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