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Narratives of hospital health care professionals during the pandemic in the Northern Philippines: A phenomenological study

Julius T. Capili, Lara Melissa G. Luis, Jay Emanuel L. Asuncion, Jennifer L. Luyun, Jake B. Canapi, Erwin L. Rimban
Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies | Vol 14, No 1 | a1284 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jamba.v14i1.1284 | © 2022 Julius T. Capili, Lara Melissa G. Luis, Jay Emanuel L. Asuncion, Jennifer L. Luyun, Jake B. Canapi, Erwin L. Rimban | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 January 2022 | Published: 28 September 2022

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Julius T. Capili, College of Allied Health Sciences, Faculty of Medical Laboratory Science, Cagayan State University, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, Philippines
Lara Melissa G. Luis, College of Allied Health Sciences, Faculty of Public Health, Cagayan State University, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, Philippines
Jay Emanuel L. Asuncion, College of Allied Health Sciences, Faculty of Medical Laboratory Science, Cagayan State University, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, Philippines
Jennifer L. Luyun, College of Allied Health Sciences, Faculty of Medical Laboratory Science, Cagayan State University, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, Philippines
Jake B. Canapi, College of Allied Health Sciences, Faculty of Public Health, Cagayan State University, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, Philippines
Erwin L. Rimban, College of Allied Health Sciences, Faculty of Medical Laboratory Science, Cagayan State University, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, Philippines


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Abstract

Hospital health care professionals (HCPs) play a vital and crucial role in saving the lives of patients afflicted with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). As the incidence of the disease keeps increasing, health care workers in hospitals face difficulties in discharging their duties. This study aimed to describe the lived experiences of HCPs. Particularly, it determined their challenges, motivations and coping strategies to craft grassroots policies for the enhancement of health care delivery in the Northern Philippines. Employing a phenomenological study design, 24 study participants were purposively selected and their narratives were elicited through focus group discussion. Responses were transcribed verbatim. After data analyses, the challenges, coping strategies and motivations of HCPs were identified. Results revealed that HCPs experienced a lot of challenges. Some of these were brought by the rapid changes in their environment as HCPs. Moreover, there was lack of comprehensive strategies that made them unprepared along with a lack of human and material resources. Furthermore, they experienced physical fatigue because of overwhelming workload, anxiety, fear and discrimination that led to depression. Despite these difficulties, they remain resilient because of religious coping, being true to their duty as HCPs and the support they receive from their fellows. Thus, the study recommends that protocols to ensue should centre on adequate pandemic preparedness and capacitation of HCPs.


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hospital health care professionals (HCPs); COVID-19; coping strategies; lived experience; disaster preparedness; Philippines

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