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A qualitative study exploring the impact and effects following hospital discharge of COVID-19

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Catherine DotchinORCiD, Dr Ellen Tullo, Dr John Steer, Dr Kate SwainstonORCiD, Lorelle Dismore



This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).


Introduction: Research into the long-term effects of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues at an unprecedented pace. Many physical long-term symptoms of COVID-19 have been reported and include headache, fatigue, muscle pain and breathlessness, etc. Psychological effects are not dissimilar to survivors of SARS. There is limited qualitative research exploring the mental health impacts and experiences of hospitalized COVID-19 inpatients. Methods: A prospective qualitative study is planned to explore patient experiences post hospital discharge following a diagnosis of COVID-19. The research aims to gain an understanding of how COVID-19 affects quality of life (QoL) and functional abilities. Patients discharged from the hospital will be invited to take part in semi-structured interviews discussing their experiences of hospitalization and the impact of COVID-19 on their QoL. Interviews will be conducted at three and six months following discharge from hospital. This study will provide important qualitative insight and may inform clinical interventions and commissioning decisions. Trial registration: The study has Research Ethics Committee (REC) and Health Research Authority (HRA) approvals obtained from Health and Care Research Wales (HCRW) [IRAS project ID 293196].

Publication metadata

Author(s): Reay A, Aujayeb A, Dotchin C, Tullo E, Steer J, Swainston K, Dismore L

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Respiration

Year: 2021

Volume: 1

Issue: 3

Pages: 216-222

Online publication date: 04/09/2021

Acceptance date: 27/08/2021

Date deposited: 05/01/2022

ISSN (electronic): 2673-527X

Publisher: MDPI


DOI: 10.3390/jor1030020


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