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Experiences of living with long COVID and of accessing healthcare services: a qualitative systematic review, 2022, Macpherson et al

Discussion in 'Epidemics (including Covid-19)' started by Andy, Jan 13, 2022.

  1. Andy

    Andy Committee Member (& Outreach when energy allows)

    Hampshire, UK

    Objective: To explore the experiences of people living with long COVID and how they perceive the healthcare services available to them.

    Design: Qualitative systematic review.

    Data sources: Electronic literature searches of websites, bibliographic databases and discussion forums, including PubMed LitCovid, Proquest COVID, EPPI Centre living systematic map of evidence, medRxiv, bioRxiv, Medline, Psychinfo and Web of Science Core Collection were conducted to identify qualitative literature published in English up to 13 January 2021.

    Inclusion criteria: Papers reporting qualitative or mixed-methods studies that focused on the experiences of long COVID and/or perceptions of accessing healthcare by people with long COVID. Title/abstract and full-text screening were conducted by two reviewers independently, with conflicts resolved by discussion or a third reviewer.

    Quality appraisal: Two reviewers independently appraised included studies using the qualitative CASP (Critical Appraisal Skills Programme) checklist. Conflicts were resolved by discussion or a third reviewer.

    Data extraction and synthesis: Thematic synthesis, involving line-by-line reading, generation of concepts, descriptive and analytical themes, was conducted by the review team with regular discussion.

    Results: Five studies published in 2020 met the inclusion criteria, two international surveys and three qualitative studies from the UK. Sample sizes varied from 24 (interview study) to 3762 (survey). Participants were predominantly young white females recruited from social media or online support groups. Three analytical themes were generated: (1) symptoms and self-directed management of long COVID; (2) emotional aspects of living with long COVID and (3) healthcare experiences associated with long COVID.

    Conclusions: People experience long COVID as a heterogeneous condition, with a variety of physical and emotional consequences. It appears that greater knowledge of long COVID is required by a number of stakeholders and that the design of emerging long COVID services or adaptation of existing services for long COVID patients should take account of patients’ experiences in their design.

    Open access, https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/12/1/e050979
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  2. MEMarge

    MEMarge Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    Sounds good, could even be useful. Depends on the type of knowledge these stakeholders are going for. Hopefully it may involve some biomedical science.
  3. DokaGirl

    DokaGirl Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    Some government regulations state people who seek LC care must have had a positive PCR test.

    With Omicron, testing has been overwhelmed. Rules have changed as to who gets tested. Many with COVID may never get the required PCR test. That's of course a problem when it comes to qualifying for LC services.

    It seems a re-think is needed, or many will miss out on treatments.
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