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Emotions in the Time of COVID-19: Affections and Impacts among the Spanish Primary Care Workforce

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Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Avenida Real Fábrica de Sedas s/n, 45600 Talavera de la Reina, Spain
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Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Castilla-La Mancha, 45600 Talavera de la Reina, Spain
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Faculty of Education Sciences and Humanities, University of Castilla-La Mancha, 16071 Cuenca, Spain
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Faculty of Medicine, Autonomous University of Madrid, 28029 Madrid, Spain
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Talaverana Multiple Sclerosis Association, ATAEM, 45600 Talavera de la Reina, Spain
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Academic Editors: Emina Hadziabdic and Jalal Safipur
Healthcare 2021, 9(12), 1723; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9121723
Received: 4 November 2021 / Revised: 6 December 2021 / Accepted: 7 December 2021 / Published: 13 December 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Community Care in the Time of COVID-19)
Background: The literature review shows that most studies on the psychological impact of COVID-19 on healthcare professionals have focused on hospital staff, with few specifically addressing the primary care workforce. This study aims to explore primary care workers’ verbal accounts of the emotions they experienced. Methods: This is a qualitative study carried out between July and December 2020 in Spain. Semi-structured interviews and focus groups were conducted with primary care workers. Data were analysed through thematic content analysis. Participants were selected using purposive sampling. Results: A total of 53 primary care workers participated in the study, of whom 38 were individually interviewed, and 15 participated in three focus groups. Our analysis revealed themes in two categories: (1) from infection to affection; and (2) affected, but not patients—a discourse based on the acceptance of their experience as part of their work in primary care, creating an ideological construct or “shield” based on emotional self-management. Conclusions: Self-reflection on the emotional impact of COVID-19 is scarce. Examples of emotional affections include an obsessive focus on hygiene, the inability to establish clear boundaries between the personal and the professional spheres, and experiencing—and having to self-manage—emotional strain. View Full-Text
Keywords: qualitative study; emotions; primary care; COVID-19 qualitative study; emotions; primary care; COVID-19
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Pulido-Fuentes, M.; Flores-Martos, J.A.; Abad-González, L.; Navarta-Sánchez, M.V.; Valera-Oviedo, L.; Cipriano-Crespo, C. Emotions in the Time of COVID-19: Affections and Impacts among the Spanish Primary Care Workforce. Healthcare 2021, 9, 1723. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9121723

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Pulido-Fuentes M, Flores-Martos JA, Abad-González L, Navarta-Sánchez MV, Valera-Oviedo L, Cipriano-Crespo C. Emotions in the Time of COVID-19: Affections and Impacts among the Spanish Primary Care Workforce. Healthcare. 2021; 9(12):1723. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9121723

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Pulido-Fuentes, Montserrat, Juan A. Flores-Martos, Luisa Abad-González, María V. Navarta-Sánchez, Laura Valera-Oviedo, and Carmen Cipriano-Crespo. 2021. "Emotions in the Time of COVID-19: Affections and Impacts among the Spanish Primary Care Workforce" Healthcare 9, no. 12: 1723. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9121723

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