Narratives of hospital health care professionals during the pandemic in the Northern Philippines: A phenomenological study

Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies

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Title Narratives of hospital health care professionals during the pandemic in the Northern Philippines: A phenomenological study
Creator Capili, Julius T. Luis, Lara Melissa G. Asuncion, Jay Emanuel L. Luyun, Jennifer L. Canapi, Jake B. Rimban, Erwin L.
Subject — hospital health care professionals (HCPs); COVID-19; coping strategies; lived experience; disaster preparedness; Philippines
Description Hospital health care professionals (HCPs) play a vital and crucial role in saving the lives of patients afflicted with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). As the incidence of the disease keeps increasing, health care workers in hospitals face difficulties in discharging their duties. This study aimed to describe the lived experiences of HCPs. Particularly, it determined their challenges, motivations and coping strategies to craft grassroots policies for the enhancement of health care delivery in the Northern Philippines. Employing a phenomenological study design, 24 study participants were purposively selected and their narratives were elicited through focus group discussion. Responses were transcribed verbatim. After data analyses, the challenges, coping strategies and motivations of HCPs were identified. Results revealed that HCPs experienced a lot of challenges. Some of these were brought by the rapid changes in their environment as HCPs. Moreover, there was lack of comprehensive strategies that made them unprepared along with a lack of human and material resources. Furthermore, they experienced physical fatigue because of overwhelming workload, anxiety, fear and discrimination that led to depression. Despite these difficulties, they remain resilient because of religious coping, being true to their duty as HCPs and the support they receive from their fellows. Thus, the study recommends that protocols to ensue should centre on adequate pandemic preparedness and capacitation of HCPs.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor Department of Health- Cagayan Valley Center for Health Development Department of Science and Technology- Cagayan Valley Health Research Development Cagayan State University
Date 2022-09-28
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Phenomenological Method; Focus Group Discussion; Lived Experience
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/jamba.v14i1.1284
Source Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies; Vol 14, No 1 (2022); 8 pages 1996-1421 2072-845X
Language eng
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Coverage — — Hospital Healthcare Professionals (HCPs)
Rights Copyright (c) 2022 Julius T. Capili, Lara Melissa G. Luis, Jay Emanuel L. Asuncion, Jennifer L. Luyun, Jake B. Canapi, Erwin L. Rimban