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.
Michael C. Steiner
Dr Ann Hutchinson Ann.Hutchinson@hull.ac.uk
Rachael A. Evans
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.
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|
|Deposit Date||May 10, 2021|
|Publicly Available Date||May 10, 2021|
|Journal||NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine|
|Publisher||Nature Publishing Group|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Keywords||Diagnosis; Health services; Medical research|
|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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