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Breathless and awaiting diagnosis in UK lockdown for COVID-19…We’re stuck

Doe, Gillian; Chantrell, Stacey; Williams, Marie; Steiner, Michael C.; Armstrong, Natalie; Hutchinson, Ann; Evans, Rachael A.

Authors

Gillian Doe

Stacey Chantrell

Marie Williams

Michael C. Steiner

Natalie Armstrong

Rachael A. Evans



Abstract

During the COVID-19 pandemic, semi-structured interviews were undertaken with 20 adults awaiting a diagnosis for their chronic breathlessness. Three key themes were identified using thematic analysis: (1) de-prioritisation of diagnosis, (2) following UK ‘lockdown’ guidance for the general population but patients fearful they were more at risk, and (3) the impact of lockdown on coping strategies for managing breathlessness. The existing unpredictable pathway to diagnosis for those with chronic breathlessness has been further interrupted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Citation

Doe, G., Chantrell, S., Williams, M., Steiner, M. C., Armstrong, N., Hutchinson, A., & Evans, R. A. (2021). Breathless and awaiting diagnosis in UK lockdown for COVID-19…We’re stuck. NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine, 31(1), https://doi.org/10.1038/s41533-021-00232-0

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 15, 2021
Online Publication Date May 5, 2021
Publication Date 2021-12
Deposit Date May 10, 2021
Publicly Available Date May 10, 2021
Journal NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
Electronic ISSN 2055-1010
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 31
Issue 1
Article Number 21
DOI https://doi.org/10.1038/s41533-021-00232-0
Keywords Diagnosis; Health services; Medical research
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/3763877
Additional Information Received: 24 October 2020; Accepted: 15 March 2021; First Online: 5 May 2021; : The authors declare no competing interests.

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