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A qualitative study of how COVID-19 impacts on Australians’ hopes and dreams

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posted on 21.06.2022, 23:51 authored by QF Huang, F Rolf, Lauren BookerLauren Booker, T Moore, SC Thompson
Background: Although beginning in 2019, it was early in 2020 that the global community began to comprehend the significant impact that a pandemic of a new coronavirus might have on their own lives. This study was undertaken 6–9 months after significant public health restrictions were introduced within Australia and examined the impact of the COVID-19 on individuals’ hopes and dreams for their future. Methods: Community members who responded to a survey about COVID-19 were invited to participate in follow up interviews if they reported living with a chronic condition. Participants across Australia who consented were interviewed between August and December in 2020 over telephone or videoconferencing. A specific question was included regarding the impact of COVID-19 on their hopes and dreams for the future. Rapid identification of themes with an audio recordings technique was used to generate themes from the data. Results: The 90 participants were predominantly female (77%) and ranged in age from 20 to 81 years with a mean age of 50 years and lived in several Australian states. Following immersive analysis of interviews, the identified common themes impacting people’s hopes and dreams revealed: concerns for their own and others’ job stability and future work; the impact on travel both for holidays, business and reconnecting with family; reassessing of personal and social values; and the intergenerational impact of such a profound pandemic, with concern for younger people particularly prominent in those concerns. Participants reflected on their loss of future dreams, with possibilities they had planned and worked towards not possible in the short term. Conclusions: The responses provide a window into how people view their future goals and aspirations during a time of global and local instability and highlights the potential future impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funding

Authors FR, LB and ST are employed by University Departments of Rural Health which receive Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training program funding from the Department of Health under a rural health workforce program.

History

Publication Date

01/12/2022

Journal

BMC Public Health

Volume

22

Issue

1

Article Number

ARTN 367

Pagination

8p.

Publisher

BMC

ISSN

1471-2458

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