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  • COVID-19
  • Cystic Fibrosis

Shielding in Cystic Fibrosis, A Psychological Perspective

Despite the benefits shielding has in reducing COVID-19 infection rates, the negative psychological impact for patients as well as the economic downturn on many cannot be overlooked. Patients with cystic fibrosis reported experiencing post-traumatic stress symptoms, confusion, and anger in addition to stressors associated with infection fears, inadequate information, financial loss, and stigma which significantly impacted their mental health.1

In this webinar Dr Bryon discusses the psychological implications of shielding during the COVID-19 pandemic, and presents different ways in which the psychological burden could be reduced with key focus on how officials and clinicians can manage shielding times, information dissemination to those patients which are shielding and rationale communications.


1. Brooks SK, Webster RK, Smith LE, Woodland L, Wessely S, Greenberg N, Rubin GJ. The psychological impact of quarantine and how to reduce it: rapid review of the evidence. The Lancet. 2020 Mar 14;395(10227):912-20.

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Dr Mandy Bryon

Dr Bryon is a consultant clinical psychologist and Joint Head of the paediatric psychology and play services at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London. She has researched in many areas of the psychological impact of childhood illness, particularly sibling relationships, adherence to treatment, attachment, eating disorders and body image disturbance in CF.