The mental health impact of bed bug infestations

a scoping review

Rachelle Ashcroft, Yukari Seko, Lai Fong Chan, Jessica Dere, Jaemin Kim, Kwame McKenzie

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Abstract

Objectives: We conducted a scoping review to identify and summarize the current state of knowledge regarding the mental health effects associated with bed bugs. Methods: We employed a five-stage scoping review framework, to systematically identify and review eligible articles. Eligibility criteria included a focus on bed bug infestations and reference to mental health impacts. Descriptive information was then extracted from each article, including the specific mental health effects cited. Results: An initial search yielded 920 unique articles on the topic of bed bugs. Of these, 261 underwent abstract review, and 167 underwent full-text review. Full-text review and subsequent review of reference lists yielded a final sample of 51 articles. Numerous mental health effects were linked to bed bug infestations, including severe psychiatric symptoms. However, the majority (n = 31) of the articles were commentary papers; only five original research articles were identified. Conclusions: Although significant mental health effects are often linked to bed bugs, such discussions remain largely anecdotal. Despite recognition that the impact of bed bugs constitutes an important public health concern, little empirical evidence currently exists on this topic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)827-837
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Public Health
Volume60
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Aug 2015

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Keywords

  • Bed bugs
  • Bedbugs
  • Infestation
  • Mental health

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health(social science)

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The mental health impact of bed bug infestations : a scoping review. / Ashcroft, Rachelle; Seko, Yukari; Chan, Lai Fong; Dere, Jessica; Kim, Jaemin; McKenzie, Kwame.

In: International Journal of Public Health, Vol. 60, No. 7, 23.08.2015, p. 827-837.

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Ashcroft, Rachelle ; Seko, Yukari ; Chan, Lai Fong ; Dere, Jessica ; Kim, Jaemin ; McKenzie, Kwame. / The mental health impact of bed bug infestations : a scoping review. In: International Journal of Public Health. 2015 ; Vol. 60, No. 7. pp. 827-837.
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