Recent Studies from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Add New Data to COVID-19 (“It was almost like it’s set up for people to fail” A qualitative analysis of experiences and unmet supportive needs of people with Long COVID): Coronavirus – COVID-19
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2023 NOV 20 (NewsRx) -- By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at NewsRx COVID-19 Daily -- New research on COVID-19 is the subject of a new report. According to news originating from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, “Almost twenty percent of adults with COVID-19 develop Long COVID, leading to prolonged symptoms and disability. Understanding the supportive needs of people with Long COVID is vital to enacting effective models of care and policies.”
Funders for this research include National Institute of Allergy And Infectious Diseases; National Institute of Nursing Research; Johns Hopkins University.
Our news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing: “Design/methods This qualitative sub-study explored the experiences of people with Long COVID and their unmet needs. Participants enrolled in a larger study to evaluate the post-acute cardiovascular impacts of COVID-19 were invited to participate in subsequent in-depth interviews. Participants were enrolled purposively until saturation at 24 participants. Data were analyzed using thematic content analysis. Participants focused on adaptations to life with Long COVID and their unmet needs in different life spheres. Three domains, 1) occupational and financial; 2) healthcare-related; and 3) social and emotional support, emerged as areas affecting quality of life. Although participants were motivated to return to work for financial and personal reasons, Long COVID symptoms often resulted in the inability to perform tasks required by their existing jobs, and unemployment. Those who maintained employment through employer accommodations still needed additional support. Participants encountered diagnostic challenges, challenges in accessing specialty appointments, insurance loopholes, high healthcare costs, and medical skepticism. Existing social networks provided support for completing daily tasks; however, those with Long COVID typically turned to others with similar lived experiences for emotional support. Participants found government support programs inadequate and difficult to access in all three domains.”
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: “We propose a five-pronged policy approach to support persons with Long COVID. These overarching recommendations are (1) improve public awareness of Long COVID; (2) improve clinical care quality and access; (3) implement additional school and workplace accommodations; (4) strengthen socioeconomic benefits and social services; and (5) improve research on Long COVID.”
For more information on this research see: “It was almost like it’s set up for people to fail” A qualitative analysis of experiences and unmet supportive needs of people with Long COVID. BMC Public Health, 2023,23(1):1-12. (BMC Public Health - http://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com). The publisher for BMC Public Health is BMC.
Our news editors report that more information may be obtained by contacting Katherine C. McNabb, Center for Infectious Disease and Nursing Innovation, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Additional authors for this research include Alanna J. Bergman, Rhonda Smith-Wright, Jaime Seltzer, Sarah E. Slone, Tosin Tomiwa, Abeer Alharthi, Patricia M. Davidson, Yvonne Commodore-Mensah, Oluwabunmi Ogungbe.
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