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Health-related quality of life of COVID-19 survivors: an initial exploration in Nanning City, China

Wu, Chenhui, Cheng, Jianquan ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9778-9009, Zou, Jun, Duan, Lian and Campbell, Janis E (2021) Health-related quality of life of COVID-19 survivors: an initial exploration in Nanning City, China. Social Science and Medicine, 274. p. 113748. ISSN 0277-9536

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Understanding the health-related quality of life (HrQoL) of hospitalized COVID-19 survivors is an emerging global challenge arising from the current pandemic. A qualitative study of the experiences of sixteen hospitalized COVID-19 survivors from Nanning City, China, was conducted using semi-structured telephone interviews in May 2020. These first-hand accounts were critically and empirically analysed to identify emerging health and social issues, and provide potential solutions to improve survivors’ quality of life. This in-depth, qualitative study of HrQoL for hospitalized COVID-19 survivors provides the first empirical evidence and conceptual framework with eight dimensions (physical symptoms, anxiety, trauma, economic loss, place-based identity, self-stigma, health self-interventions, and changing lifestyle) for understanding the physiological, psychological, socio-economic and health behavioral aspects of their daily lives. We argue that local and global governments should provide integrated healthcare, social and digital infrastructure to support this vulnerable group. More comparative and multi-disciplinary studies in this area are needed to generate academic standards of assessing health-related quality of life and produce good practice guidelines for promoting urban resilience in response to public health disasters.

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