Since the end of December 2019, a virus named Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has spread rapidly worldwide. First originated in Wuhan China, COVID-19 was declared an international public health emergency by the World Health Organization on January 30, 2020. On March 11, 2020, the COVID-19 outbreak was declared a pandemic. Approximately, there were 792,000 deaths attributed to COVID 19 as of August 21, 2020. Photovoice is a highly recommended participatory research method first introduced by Wang and Burris in the early 90s. The main purpose of photovoice was to give people a way to reflect, talk, learn, share, and make a difference for themselves and others through photography. Health care professionals are vital resources all around the world. Their health and safety are urgently important for outbreak control in addition to continuous patient safety. Since research participants know more about their lives than anyone else, qualitative research becomes more based in themes that are significant to the individuals it relates to. Photovoice was used to give participants the opportunity to be directly involved in the research process. Although a few studies have examined the experiences of health care providers during the COVID pandemic, very few have used photovoice to show these experiences. To our knowledge, no qualitative photovoice studies have been conducted or published. Therefore, the purpose of this research project is to understand the life experiences of health care professionals working during the COVID pandemic using the photovoice method.


Master of Public Health (MPH)



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Dr. Irene Pintado

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