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Impact of Pediatric COVID-19 on Family Health-Related Quality of Life: A Qualitative Study from Latvia

Authors
  • Stars, Inese1
  • Smane, Liene1, 2
  • Pucuka, Zanda1, 2
  • Roge, Ieva2
  • Pavare, Jana1, 2
  • 1 Riga Stradins University, Riga, Latvia
  • 2 Children’s Clinical University Hospital, Riga, Latvia
Type
Published Article
Journal
Global Pediatric Health
Publisher
SAGE Publications
Publication Date
Apr 23, 2021
Volume
8
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/2333794X211012394
PMID: 33997124
PMCID: PMC8072840
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Original Research Article
License
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Abstract

Information on family health-related quality of life (FHRQoL) among families of children with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is limited. This qualitative study explores the impact of pediatric COVID-19 on FHRQoL from the parents’ perspective. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with parents (n = 20) whose children had tested positive for the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Inductive thematic analysis revealed the following 10 themes that represented parents’ perception of FHRQoL while taking care of a child with COVID-19: pediatric COVID-19 as a disease with many unknowns; emotional saturation; internal family relationships in the context of “a new experience”; routine household activities and daily regimen while family is in lockdown; plenty of free time; a wide social support network; social stigma associated with COVID-19; different options for work; savings and debts; challenges with family housing and transport availability. Our results show that parents experience multiple effects of pediatric COVID-19 with regard to FHRQoL.

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