Pulmonary sequelae of COVID-19: An interpretive description study

Cameron Albright, Jacqueline Limoges, Gwen Rempel


The aim of this study was to explore the experiences of adults living with pulmonary sequelae of COVID-19 as a subtype of long-COVID to contribute to pandemic recovery efforts. A qualitative, Interpretive Description design was implemented using semi-structured interviews with 10 participants living with self-reported pulmonary sequelae of COVID-19. Three key findings illustrate the participant experience: (1) the illness burden of pulmonary dysfunction and symptoms, (2) emotional responses to lung damage and symptoms, and (3) navigating the healthcare system. Understanding the burdens associated with the pulmonary subtype of long-COVID such as respiratory symptoms, fatigue, activity intolerance, emotional responses, and inaccessible healthcare can lead to the development and implementation of strategies that support recovery. Further research is needed for a more precise understanding of the experiences of patients with specific pulmonary complications.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5430/jnep.v14n8p11

Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

ISSN 1925-4040 (Print)   ISSN 1925-4059 (Online)

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