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Telepsychiatry as a mental health intervention for garment workers in Bangladesh: A ‘Need of Hour’ during COVID-19?
 
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Telepsychiatry Research and Innovation Network, Dhaka, Bangladesh
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Department of Primary Care and Mental Health, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Graduate School of Biomedical and Health sciences, Hiroshima University, Hiroshima, Japan
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Tairunnessa Memorial Medical College and Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh
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London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom
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Department of Post-Harvest Technology and Marketing, Patuakhali Science and Technology University, Patuakhali, Bangladesh
CORRESPONDING AUTHOR
Abu Sayeed   

Department of Post-Harvest Technology and Marketing, Patuakhali Science and Technology University, Patuakhali, 8602, Bangladesh
Submission date: 2020-07-20
Acceptance date: 2020-07-31
Publication date: 2020-10-05
 
Popul. Med. 2020;2(October):32
 
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The authors have completed and submitted the ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest and none was reported.
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There was no source of funding for this research.
AUTHORS' CONTRIBUTIONS
TRS conceptualized this commentary and prepared the first draft. MTH, YJ, VP, OMS and AS supported in the literature review and in critically reviewing the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.
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