research product . 2021

Udsat for corona. Socialt udsattes oplevelser under COVID-19 pandemien: Socialt udsattes oplevelser under COVID-19 pandemien

Ramkær, Ankie Bitten; Valentin, Marion Ulrik; Lindemann, Signe;
Open Access Danish
  • Published: 01 Jan 2021
  • Publisher: Roskilde Universitetscenter
  • Country: Denmark
Background: Inequity in health is a global concern and in a Danish context studies show that the inequity gap is growing. During the lock downs in Denmark due to the COVID-19 pandemic many of the public services aimed at socially disadvantaged people were in whole or in part closed down. Simultaneously the admission to general practitioners and hospitals got more complicated which both were actions taken to minimize the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus. This project thesis is that the pandemic has increased the inequity gap in health. Aim: From a hermeneutic standpoint this project aims to examine the personal experiences of everyday life, health and social relations of socially disadvantaged people with a substance abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic. This was to gain an understanding and knowledge of how these experiences have challenged them and with which consequences. The project seeks to analyze which capitals socially disadvantaged people have drawn on from a Bourdieu inspired perspective. Methods: To gain the above mentioned understanding and knowledge, we conducted semi- structured interviews with five socially disadvantages people who were admitted to hospital during the pandemic. The obtained data was analyzed inspired by the model “qualitative content analysis” by Graneheim & Lundman. Results: The project found that the participants did not regard COVID-19 as a significant influence on their everyday life, despite the restrictions, testing and guidelines which added to the already complicated logistics of their situations. In regard to health, we found that the participants experienced that symptoms of disease were overlooked and treatment postponed due to the focus on COVID-19. Regarding the participants social network, some used the restrictions on socializing as a possibility to cut down on their alcohol intake, but all experienced lack of contact with their family or friends. During the pandemic the participants who had contact to a social nurse, experienced this as a continued benefit in navigating in the healthcare system. Conclusion: This project concludes that COVID-19 has had a negative effect on the participants lives from an analytic perspective while recognizing that the participants initially did not perceive COVID-19 as such.
free text keywords: socialt udsatte, COVID-19
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