Challenges Faced by Patients Following Intensive Care Treatment for COVID-19

The pandemic has had significant consequences for surviving patients, both physical and emotional. However, little analysis has thus far been undertaken of the interplay between the social and physical circumstances that patients face the following discharge from intensive care units. Although the healthcare-based perspective is primarily focused on understanding the physiological aspects of COVID-19, this Research Topic aims to capture and highlight the different ways patients have been reintegrated into society and the support they have received from medical professionals and local health services after intensive care. Here it seeks to address the care of patients after discharge via a global approach to the person, taking into account the intertwining of personal conditions with the community and contextual ones.
Themes may include, but are not limited to:

• Physician-patient communication dynamics and their influence on patients’ perception of their quality of life before, during, and after intensive care.
• Whether and to what extent there is continuity between hospital and community care to support patients after discharge.
• The emotional paths of patients following hospital discharge, and the changes triggered by the experience.
• Patients’ reintegration into society and the support provided to enable this.
• The ways in which patients have sought to restore their physical, social, and mental well-being, and the obstacles to healing they have faced.
• The well-being of healthcare personnel who have experienced the pandemic, and the associated impact on the quality of patient care.
• The transformation of medical processes related to intensive care during the pandemic.
• The use of new interactive models during the pandemic and the impact of technological progress on sociological studies.

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