Surviving In The Era Of Covid-19; A Qualitative Study Exploring The Psychological Impacts Of The Pandemic
Author: Afsheen Talat

This study explores the perceptions and experiences of Covid recovered patients regarding mental health, and the stigmas sufficed with mental health, the debate surrounding the consanguinity of mental illnesses, the effects of the pandemic on their psychological health, and the healthcare and economic disparities that prevent them from seeking treatment, especially during the pandemic. It records the episode of psychological distress by using the patient’s end of Kleinman’s Explanatory Model of Illness and evaluates through inductive reflexive thematic analysis all the possible aspects that may be affecting the psychological health of the patients. It also contends that patients’ sociocultural perceptions have a significant influence in the formulation of their illness experiences as well as their treatment seeking behaviour and utilizes content gathered through in-depth interviews of the Covid recovered patients at two COVID-19 treatment centres made in the district Sialkot. (1 Public and 1 Private in sub-district Sialkot). The results of the study show that there are some lethal barriers and challenges faced by the patients in this pandemic that has led to psychological distress. The study also examines and evaluates religious and cultural coping methods as preferred coping mechanisms by the targeted subjects. The study is one of its kinds in Pakistan that has shed light on the communicability of mental illness and the physical and cultural perceptions surrounding this debate. This study may be expanded on a larger scale in order to gain a better knowledge of patient perceptions of psychological distress, potential symptoms, and treatment options, so that awareness can be raised, service provision improved, and patient follow-up assured. Supervisor:- Dr. Zulfiqar Ali

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Supervisor: Zulfiqar Ali Kalhoro

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