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The effects of social distancing and self-isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic on adults diagnosed with asthma: A qualitative study

Leanne Tyson Orcid Logo, Wendy Hardeman, Gareth Stratton Orcid Logo, Andrew M Wilson, Joanna Semlyen

Journal of Health Psychology, Volume: 27, Issue: 6, Pages: 1408 - 1420

Swansea University Author: Gareth Stratton Orcid Logo

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Abstract

This study aimed to explore how social distancing and self-isolation measures, aimed at protecting vulnerable groups from COVID-19, affected the wellbeing and physical activity levels among adults diagnosed with asthma. Twenty-seven participants took part across four online focus groups. Transcripts...

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Published in: Journal of Health Psychology
ISSN: 1359-1053 1461-7277
Published: SAGE Publications 2022
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa56807
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Abstract: This study aimed to explore how social distancing and self-isolation measures, aimed at protecting vulnerable groups from COVID-19, affected the wellbeing and physical activity levels among adults diagnosed with asthma. Twenty-seven participants took part across four online focus groups. Transcripts were analysed using thematic analysis. Participants reported becoming more health conscious due to being labelled as vulnerable. Their relationship with the severity of their asthma was altered and they reported making positive changes to increase their physical activity levels. Findings suggest there is a window of opportunity to engage with people diagnosed with asthma to promote beneficial lifestyle changes and self-management.
Keywords: asthma, COVID-19, health behaviour, physical activity, qualitative methods
College: College of Engineering
Funders: This study was conducted as part of the author Leanne Tyson’s PhD project, which has been funded by Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research and the University of East Anglia Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences [Reference Number: 10025744].
Issue: 6
Start Page: 1408
End Page: 1420