Fighting COVID-19: a qualitative study into the lives of intensive care unit survivors in Wuhan, China Journal Articles uri icon

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  • ObjectivesWe aimed to provide an insight into the life of survivors of critical COVID-19 in China.MethodsWe conducted an online survey and qualitative interviews among intensive care unit survivors of critical COVID-19 between November and December 2020 in Wuhan, China. Eligible participants were asked to complete the EQ-5D-5L and the Short Form 36-Item Survey, and invited to participate in a semistructured face-to-face interview. Descriptive analyses and phenomenological approach were adopted to analyse quantitative and qualitative data, respectively.ResultsOf 10 survivors who completed the questionnaire, 8 participated in the interview. The mean scores±SD of EuroQol-5 Dimensions-5 Level utility and EuroQol-Visual Analogue Scale were 0.88±0.15 and 80.9±14.2, respectively. The qualitative interview identified four themes, namely poor physical health, post-traumatic stress, social stigma and family support.ConclusionsCOVID-19 survivors continue fighting physical and psychological impacts. Despite strong family support, these patients are struggling with social stigma. It is a long, challenging journey to recovery for patients and society.


  • Wu, Dong
  • Ding, Hanyue
  • Lin, Jiaye
  • Xiao, Meng
  • Xie, Jing
  • Xie, Feng
  • Zhang, Shuyang

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  • March 2022