On September 13, 2021, the first doctoral thesis of the University of Burgos in Spain was defended, which addresses in depth the Covid-19 crisis. The work, qualified with outstanding Laude, is signed by the Burgos Paula Rodríguez Fernández. The author is an occupational therapist specialized in the research of neurorehabilitation programs in patients who have suffered a stroke or Parkinson’s. This young researcher saw in the coronavirus crisis an opportunity to investigate an exciting field. In this way, he addressed the degree of satisfaction with his life of people, and concluded something that we all intuited: he has suffered “a lot” in recent months.
When Covid-19 Research Starts
The thesis starts in mid-March 2020, when the state of alarm paralyzed all the investigations that were being carried out at the UBU. This, in turn, opened an exceptional period of mass confinement in homes from which a large amount of data and variables could be extracted. First it was thought of a horizon of fifteen days, but the state of alarm was extended until the end of June. As he has observed, “it has had a very significant impact on our lives: satisfaction with life has decreased a lot. To this is added our vital balance and those that psychological symptoms have increased.”
From the first working day of the confinement until the last, a nationwide survey was opened in which 3,261 people from the age of 18, of all types and conditions, participated. “We collected socio-demographic and medical data and also variables related to occupational balance, It is generated by a person in their day to day in the performance of different roles and activities, and with life satisfaction, the well-being of people.”
To all these data he added others, of international scope (in 15 countries), focused on the psychological variables generated by the pandemic, These are stress, anxiety, depression, loss of quality of life, mismatch in their daily routines of work, leisure, rest, among others.
Paula Rodríguez investigated all these data to give body to her doctoral thesis. It has been entitled ‘Covid-19: Psycho-emotional and occupational consequences of confinement and physical distancing in adults’. The academic work has been directed by professors Jerónimo Javier González Bernal, Josefa González Santos and Raúl Soto Cámara.
Conclusions of the Study
Their study starts from a key idea: “the state of health is not only the absence of disease but a physical, psychological, mental and occupational well-being”. Under this premise, he has warned that there are populations more vulnerable to physical distancing or critical moments such as those experienced.
Among the most vulnerable, Rodríguez argues, are women, young people and people with a history of previous psychiatric illness, to this are added those who did not have a work or student occupation when they were surprised by the crisis.
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