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Patients' Health Experiences of Post COVID-19 Condition – A Qualitative Study
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare.
Department of Clinical Microbiology, Hallands Hospital Halmstad, Halmstad, Sweden; Department of Clinical Sciences, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4949-9060
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9918-461X
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3576-2393
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2022 (English)In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, ISSN 1661-7827, E-ISSN 1660-4601, Vol. 19, no 21, article id 13980Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Patients who suffer from long-term symptoms of COVID-19, described as post COVID-19 condition, are a new and large group of patients. There is a lack of knowledge concerning health experiences in this patient group. The aim of this study was to explore patients' health experiences of post COVID-19 condition. Data collection was performed through 14 semi-structured interviews. The qualitative content analysis resulted in six sub-categories, three categories, and an overall theme. Patients experienced symptoms of varying duration-ranging from 5-21 months. The results showed that patients' health experiences of post COVID-19 condition moved between uncertainty and new insights. This was shown by patients experiencing: (1) loss of abilities, including losing smell and taste and lacking energy, (2) loss of control, including being foreign to oneself and seeking answers, and (3) revaluation of life, including accepting the transformed body and prioritizing health. This study illustrates that patients living with post COVID-19 condition need to be treated with flexibility, based on each individual's unique challenges and experiences of the symptoms and the consequences for their health. © 2022 by the authors.

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Basel: MDPI, 2022. Vol. 19, no 21, article id 13980
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COVID-19, experience, health, lifestyle, long-term symptoms
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-48673DOI: 10.3390/ijerph192113980ISI: 000881086200001PubMedID: 36360860Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85141554462OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-48673DiVA, id: diva2:1712811
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Region Halland, HALLAND-965985Knowledge Foundation, Dnr-280042
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Other funding: The Foundation of Sparbanken Varberg (HALLAND-967873)

Available from: 2022-11-22 Created: 2022-11-22 Last updated: 2022-11-24Bibliographically approved

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