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Emotional Experiences of COVID-19 Patients in China: A Qualitative Study

by 1,*,†, 2,† and 3,*
1
College of Language Intelligence, Sichuan International Studies University, Chongqing 400031, China
2
School of English, Sichuan International Studies University, Chongqing 400031, China
3
Chinese Language and Literature, Duksung Women’s University, Seoul 01369, Korea
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Joint first authors and these authors contributed equally to this work.
Academic Editor: José Joaquín Mira
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(15), 9491; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19159491
Received: 14 June 2022 / Revised: 26 July 2022 / Accepted: 29 July 2022 / Published: 2 August 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Patient Experience (during COVID-19 Pandemic/in the COVID-19 Era))
This study explored the emotional experiences of COVID-19 patients in China. Thirty-four patients diagnosed with COVID-19 participated in semi-structured telephone interviews. We used qualitative methods to investigate the distribution patterns and characteristics of patients’ emotional experiences. The results indicated that emotional experiences showed different characteristics at different stages during isolation and treatment. COVID-19 patients’ emotional discourse encompassed eight main themes, namely, feelings of shock at the diagnosis, yearning for future life, attachment to one’s family, depression during the treatment, self-restriction due to probable contagiousness, powerlessness about the disease, open-mindedness about death, and faith in the joint efforts to fight COVID-19. These themes related to experiences concerning infection, isolation, outlook on life and death, stigma, and macro-identity. The findings suggest that the unexpected experience of COVID-19 infection exacerbated patients’ negative emotions. COVID-19 patients’ emotional stress stemmed from isolated environments, physiological effects of the disease, panic about the unknown, and realistic economic pressure. The government, medical staff, family members of patients, and the media should therefore work together to ensure proper emotional care for COVID-19 patients. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19 patients; China; emotional experiences; mental health; qualitative analysis COVID-19 patients; China; emotional experiences; mental health; qualitative analysis
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Deng, Y.; Li, H.; Park, M. Emotional Experiences of COVID-19 Patients in China: A Qualitative Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 9491. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19159491

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Deng, Yu, Huimin Li, and Minjun Park. 2022. "Emotional Experiences of COVID-19 Patients in China: A Qualitative Study" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 15: 9491. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19159491

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