Challenges faced by healthcare workers at a central hospital in Zimbabwe after contracting COVID-19: An interpretive phenomenological analysis study

South African Family Practice

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Title Challenges faced by healthcare workers at a central hospital in Zimbabwe after contracting COVID-19: An interpretive phenomenological analysis study
Creator Moyo, Idah Ndou-Mammbona, Avhatakali A. Mavhandu-Mudzusi, Azwihangwisi H.
Subject Family medicine; general practice; public health COVID-19; healthcare workers; IPA; phenomenology; psychosocial challenges; support system
Description Background: Healthcare workers play a critical role in the delivery of healthcare services. Because of the high risk of exposure to healthcare workers, the emergence of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has had a significant impact as they struggled to contain the pandemic. The purpose of this study was to explore and describe the challenges they faced after contracting COVID-19.Methods: An interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) design was employed to gain insight into the lived experiences of healthcare workers who contracted COVID-19 in the course of their duties. This study involved participants who were healthcare workers based at a central hospital in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Data were collected through in-depth interviews that were audio recorded. A sample size of ten was reached based on data saturation.Results: The study showed that healthcare workers lacked psychosocial support, experienced economic challenges as they incurred diagnostic and treatment costs. The study also found that the healthcare workers experienced stigma and discrimination both at work and in the community. Findings also indicate that healthcare workers did not receive institutional support. The study demonstrated lack of preparedness at the institution evidenced by inadequate testing for COVID-19 and shortage of personal protective equipment.Conclusion: This study’s findings will be critical for health authorities, programmers and policymakers to facilitate planning and preparedness for pandemics. The researchers recommend setting up a differentiated service delivery support system for healthcare workers to cater for their mental health and well-being and that of their families. 
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2022-03-29
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion Peer-reviewed Article Interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) design
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/safp.v64i1.5428
Source South African Family Practice; Vol 64, No 1 (2022): Part 2; 9 pages 2078-6204 2078-6190
Language eng
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Coverage Bulawayo Province, Zimbabwe January - March 2021 Healthcare workers (9 nurses and 1 doctor), 3 males and 7
Rights Copyright (c) 2022 Idah Moyo, Avhatakali A. Ndou-Mammbona, Azwihangwisi H. Mavhandu-Mudzusi