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Titel der Veröffentlichung: Long COVID and return to work

A qualitative study

Bibliographische Angaben

Autor/in:

Kohn, L.; Dauvrin, M.; Detollenaere, J. [u. a.]

Herausgeber/in:

Society of Occupational Medicine

Quelle:

Occupational Medicine, 2022, Published: 08 December 2022, London: Oxford University Press, ISSN: 0962-7480, eISSN: 1471-8405

Jahr:

2022

Der Text ist von:
Kohn, L.; Dauvrin, M.; Detollenaere, J. [u. a.]

Der Text steht in der Zeitschrift:
Occupational Medicine, Published: 08 December 2022

Den Text gibt es seit:
2022

Original-Abstract anzeigen (DOI: 10.1093/occmed/kqac119)

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Occupational Medicine (Oxford, England)
https://occmed.oxfordjournals.org/

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Long COVID and return to work

A qualitative study
Background
The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to an increasing number of patients with ‘long COVID’. Long COVID is the persistence of symptoms for weeks or months after an infection by SARS-CoV-2. It often impacts on the professional life of affected people.

Aims
The aim of this study is to understand the experiences and needs of people with long COVID in relation to their return to work.

Methods
A qualitative study, combining individual interviews and online forum discussions, was performed early 2021, as part of a larger mixed method study on the needs of long COVID patients in Belgium.

Results
One hundred and thirty-four people participated in the study. Participants described various clinical symptoms precluding their return to work. They also face sceptical reactions from employers and colleagues and a lack of support from the social welfare system to facilitate their return to work. These barriers have various impacts, including psychological ones, likely to compromise the professional future of long COVID patients.

Conclusions
While the analysis of patients’ experiences shows variation in long COVID patients’ experiences with return to work, it may help occupational physicians and healthcare practitioners to better take up their crucial role in the return to work of long COVID patients, including raising employers’ and colleagues’ awareness of the specific difficulties related to long COVID.

Referenznummer:

R/ZA0162/0004

Informationsstand: 10.05.2023