Main Article Content
COVID-19 pandemic and the associated redeployment of healthcare infrastructure had a significant impact on normal services. Amongst a cohort with severe asthma children and young persons, attending a regional service, this questionnaire explored the impact of the pandemic and associated lockdown on emotional well-being.
Our findings suggest that there were significant anxieties associated with the ability to access primary and secondary care services, medication during the pandemic – lockdown, as well as the psychological impact of social distancing and missing school work for this cohort. There was a common perception that this had adversely impacted their asthma control, although this was not clinically correlated.
Our results indicate the need for health care providers to be aware of the psychological impact on the emotional wellbeing of the pandemic and offer appropriate help and counselling as needed. A correlation with deteriorating asthma control may need to be explored.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Elissa A, Stanley S. Managing Asthma during Coronavirus Disease-2019: An Example for Other Chronic Conditions in Children and Adolescents. 2020 Apr 21. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2020.04.049
Caroline H, Courtney D, Leonard B et al. Daily global stress is associated with nocturnal asthma awakenings in school-age children. April 20, 2016. DOI:10.1016/j.jaci.2016.01.054
Management of severe asthma: a European Respiratory Society/American Thoracic Society guideline. European Respiratory Journal 2020 55: 1900588; DOI: 10.1183/13993003.00588-2019 https://erj.ersjournals.com/content/55/1/1900588
Ryan L, Glenda M. Psychological Factors in Asthma. 2008 Mar 15. doi: 10.1186/1710-1492-4-1-12
Coronavirus: Impact on young people with mental health needs. COVID-19 March 2020 survey youngminds.org.uk
Richard L, Jacob A, Simon L et al. Delayed access to care and late presentations in children during the COVID-19 pandemic: a snapshot survey of 4075 paediatricians in the UK and Ireland. 2020 Jun 25.doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2020-319848