Special Issue "Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) during COVID-19"

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Dr. Tania Fernández-Villa
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Area of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of León, 24071 León, Spain
Interests: dietary analysis; lifestyles; cancer; flu
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Dear Colleagues,

COVID-19, first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, is a major global public health problem with high morbidity and mortality. Many patients have had their physical or mental health impaired as a result of the disease, along with, thus, their quality of life.

The health-related quality of life (HRQoL) is a useful tool for measuring the impact that this disease is having on the physical and mental aspects of individuals and evaluating the efficacy/effectiveness of treatments or health interventions.

The aim is to create a Special Issue of the journal IJERPH in 2021, covering both general and specific aspects of quality-of-life assessment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The issue is open to all researchers or research groups that analyze HRQoL during COVID-19, including papers related to methodological aspects of the validation of general or specific HRQoL questionnaires, systematic reviews, or original articles that evaluate this problem both in the general population and in a specific disease.

Dr. Tania Fernández-Villa
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Keywords

  • health-related quality of life
  • COVID-19
  • methodology
  • assessment
  • public health

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Lifestyle Habits among Pregnant Women in Denmark during the First COVID-19 Lockdown Compared with a Historical Period—A Hospital-Based Cross-Sectional Study
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(13), 7128; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18137128 - 03 Jul 2021
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The first national lockdown in Denmark due to the COVID-19 pandemic was declared on 11 March 2020. From this date, national restrictions were imposed. We aimed to assess the potential influence of this first nationwide lockdown on exercise, alcohol consumption, and smoking in [...] Read more.
The first national lockdown in Denmark due to the COVID-19 pandemic was declared on 11 March 2020. From this date, national restrictions were imposed. We aimed to assess the potential influence of this first nationwide lockdown on exercise, alcohol consumption, and smoking in early pregnancy. Using a cross-sectional study based on routinely collected patient-reported data, we compared the lifestyle habits of women who were pregnant during the first phase of the pandemic (COVID-19 group) (n = 685) with those of women who were pregnant the year before (Historical group) (n = 787). We found a reduction in any exercise (PR = 0.91, 95% CI (0.84 to 0.99), in adherence to national recommendations of exercise (PR = 0.89, 95% CI (0.80 to 0.99), in cycling (15% vs. 28%, p < 0.0001), and swimming (0.3% vs. 3%, p = 0.0002) in the COVID-19 group compared with the Historical group. The prevalence of binge drinking was reduced in the COVID-19 group compared with the Historical group (PR = 0.80, 95% CI (0.68 to 0.93). In contrast, the prevalence of any weekly alcohol consumption and smoking cessation during pregnancy was similar between groups. Our findings indicate that national restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic influenced the lifestyle habits of pregnant women and should be addressed in antenatal counseling. Full article
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Promoting the Quality of Life of Elderly during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(13), 6813; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18136813 - 25 Jun 2021
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This study explored the technology learning model of the elderly in a senior learning center under the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many senior learning centers were closed during the pandemic, and many of them adopted the mode of online education. However, problems [...] Read more.
This study explored the technology learning model of the elderly in a senior learning center under the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many senior learning centers were closed during the pandemic, and many of them adopted the mode of online education. However, problems such as decreased motivation and a lack of peer interaction still exist. To solve these problems, this study used the easy-to-implement calligraphy AR approach and E-book approach to conduct a quasi-experiment on the elderly of a calligraphy course offered by a senior learning center. The results show a higher learning motivation among the elderly who use calligraphy AR. The learning effectiveness and technology acceptance of the elderly in the E-book learning group were higher than those in the calligraphy AR group. The elderly mentioned that the E-book learning approach is more user-friendly. In general, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the suspension of classes in senior centers, education through the development of technology has stimulated the growth of education in advanced learning centers. Through this kind of scientific and technological learning method, it will bring a whole new experience to the elderly. It can improve the stress relief methods, mental health, and quality of life of the elderly during the COVID-19 emergency shutdown, and provide a novel calligraphy technique learning experience for the elderly. Therefore, we believe that the calligraphy AR learning approach and the calligraphy E-book learning approach are practical and may promote quality of life and mental health of the elderly during the emergency closures due to COVID-19, providing elderly attendees with a novel calligraphy technology learning experience. Full article
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