Social Distancing among COPD Patients during the COVID-19 Pandemic - A Qualitative Study

COPD. 2021 Sep 5:1-8. doi: 10.1080/15412555.2021.1973981. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTTo limit the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing was introduced globally in the first half of 2020. COPD-patients were identified as a group at special risk in connection with the SARS-CoV-2 infection. Hence, social distancing has been important in this group of patients. However, little is known of the motives and consequences of social distancing in these vulnerable patients. The aim of this study was to explore the perspectives and experiences on social distancing among COPD-patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Patients in this qualitative study were selected strategically, equally allocated between gender and age to obtain maximum variation. Data were collected using individual semi-structured telephone interviews during June and July 2020. The interview guide focused on three themes; life before, under and after the COVID-19 lockdown. A total of 18 patients (8 females, 10 males) participated. Four themes were identified as important for social distancing among COPD-patients: 'Being at high-risk and obtaining control', 'Protecting one life while missing on another', 'Social relationships and distancing' and 'Looking into the future'. The results increased our knowledge of patients' experiences of living with COPD during COVID-19 in which anxiety and fear of getting infected made patients control their surroundings through strict precautions. This led to a feeling of loneline...
Source: COPD: Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Source Type: research

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