Evolution of the Public-Health Response to COVID-19 Pandemic in Spain: A Descriptive Qualitative Study
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Author/sRodríguez Arrastia, Miguel Jesús; García Martín, Manuel; Romero-López, Ana; Ropero-Padilla, Carmen; Ruiz-Gonzalez, Cristofer; [et al.]
The capacity of hospitals and primary care centres has, rightfully, been at the centre of public and political debate on resource availability and control measures during the outbreak of COVID-19 and lockdown. Thus, the aim of this study is to describe the public and professional perceptions towards the evolution of the COVID-19 public-health response, in order to analyse and learn lessons for future health policies in similar situations in the future. A descriptive qualitative study was conducted through 41 in-depth interviews between January and June 2021. Twenty-one healthcare professionals and twenty service users participated in our study. The participants were recruited using purposive sampling. After our data analysis, three main themes emerged: (i) experiences during an unprecedented public health threat: the impact and challenges of early control measures, and outcomes for the public image of nursing; (ii) overcoming the impact of the outbreak on the healthcare system: profess...