The experiences of health-care providers during the COVID-19 crisis in China: a qualitative study

Auteurs : Qian Liu, MSN , Dan Luo, MSN, Joan E Haase, PhD, Qiaohong Guo, PhD, Xiao Qin Wang, PhD, Shuo Liu, BSc, et al.

Production : Revue The Lancet

The Lancet began as an independent, international weekly general medical journal founded in 1823 by Thomas Wakley. Since its first issue (October 5, 1823), the journal has strived to make science widely available so that medicine can serve, and transform society, and positively impact the lives of people. Over the past two centuries, The Lancet has sought to address urgent topics in our society, initiate debate, put science into context, and influence decision makers around the world. The Lancet has evolved as a family of journals (across Child & Adolescent Health, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Digital Health, Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Global Health, Haematology, HIV, Infectious Diseases, Neurology, Oncology, Planetary Health, Psychiatry, Public Health, Respiratory Medicine, Biomedicine, Clinical Medicine), but retains at its core the belief that medicine must serve society, that knowledge must transform society, that the best science must lead to better lives).

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Date : 29 avril 2020

In the early stages of the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Hubei, China, the local health-care system was overwhelmed. Physicians and nurses who had no infectious disease expertise were recruited to provide care to patients with COVID-19. To our knowledge, no studies on their experiences of combating COVID-19 have been published. We aimed to describe the experiences of these health-care providers in the early stages of the outbreak.

Methods

We did a qualitative study using an empirical phenomenological approach. Nurses and physicians were recruited from five COVID-19-designated hospitals in Hubei province using purposive and snowball sampling. They participated in semi-structured, in-depth interviews by telephone from Feb 10 to Feb 15, 2020. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed using Haase’s adaptation of Colaizzi’s phenomenological method.

Source : Qian Liu, Dan Luo, Joan E Haase, Qiaohong Guo, Xiao Qin Wang, Shuo Liu, et al. “The experiences of health-care providers during the COVID-19 crisis in China: a qualitative study”, The Lancet, 29/04/2020. DOI : https://doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(20)30204-7 (consulté le 20/04/2020). Version PDF : https://www.thelancet.com/action/showPdf?pii=S2214-109X%2820%2930204-7

© 2020 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd.


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