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Back to life: Is it possible to be myself again? A qualitative study with persons initially hospitalised due to COVID-19.
Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Department of Social Work, University of Gothenburg (SWE).
University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for nursing - undergraduate level. Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg (SWE). (LOV)
Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg; Department of Occupational and Physiotherapy, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg and 5School of Health and Welfare, Dalarna University (SWE).
Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg; Department of Occupational and Physiotherapy, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg and 5School of Health and Welfare, Dalarna University (SWE).
2022 (English)In: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, ISSN 1650-1977, E-ISSN 1651-2081, Vol. 54, article id jrm00327Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVE: To gain a deeper understanding of the lived experiences of patients with COVID-19, regarding rehabilitation, work and social life 6 months after hospital discharge.

DESIGN: An explorative qualitative study with individual interviews.

SUBJECTS: Patients of working age with persistent self-reported symptoms at a 3-month follow-up who had received inpatient hospital care with discharge approximately 6 months previously were purposively sampled.

METHODS: Semi-structured interviews were performed with 10 men and 5 women. The interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed with inductive thematic analysis.

RESULTS: Four themes were identified: "Social support - crucial, but decreased over time", "Varying needs of, and access to, rehabilitation", "Returning to work after COVID-19 - crucial for future prospects" and "An overwhelming experience that essentially changed one's personality".

CONCLUSION: Rehabilitation provided participants with the valuable tools for recovery, giving them hope for future recovery. Support from next of kin was highly valued, creating stronger family bonds. A new meaning and greater appreciation of life was expressed.

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2022. Vol. 54, article id jrm00327
Keywords [en]
persistent symptoms;COVID-19; qualitative research; coping strategies; inpatient; activities of daily living; follow-up study; lived experience; return to work; rehabilitation
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NURSING AND PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCE, Nursing science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-19290DOI: 10.2340/jrm.v54.2742ISI: 000855144600001PubMedID: 35976766Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85138126030OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-19290DiVA, id: diva2:1720006
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This study was funded by grants from the Swedish government under an agreement between the Swedish government and the county councils (ALF 73750, ALFGBG-942914), Forte/Formas (2020-02775), Vastragotaland regional research funding (VGFOUREG-940508, VGFOUREG-969267), the Sahlgrenska University Hospital research funds (SU-961051).

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