COVID-19 Pandemic: Experiences of People with Visual Impairment

  • María del Pilar Oviedo-Cáceres Saint Thomas Aquinas University
  • Karen Natalia Arias-Pineda Saint Thomas Aquinas University
  • María del Rosario Yepes-Camacho National Institute for the Blind
  • Patricia Montoya Falla National Institute for the Blind
Keywords: pandemics, Coronavirus infections, disabled persons, visually impaired persons, internet

Abstract

Objective. To understand changes in daily life emerging from the COVID-19 Pandemic in people with visual impairment from four cities of Colombia. Methods. Exploratory-type, descriptive qualitative study. The study conducted 26 semi-structured interviews via telephone. The analysis process used the methodological design from the approach proposed by Taylor and Bogdan: following the discovery process, coding and relativizing of data. Results. Three categories emerge: 1) Transformations in daily dynamics, 2) Barriers to mobility, and 3) Use of technology. Conclusion. People with visual impairment report barriers to mobility to take public transportation, which can affect maintenance of their autonomy and independence. Using technological tools is identified as facilitators for the continuity of educational and work activities; however, some did not have computer literacy or the basic inputs for connectivity. Difficulties were identified to continue work activities and maintain income.

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Author Biographies

María del Pilar Oviedo-Cáceres, Saint Thomas Aquinas University

Optometrist, Ph.D(c). Professor, Saint Thomas Aquinas University, Bucaramanga (Colombia).

Karen Natalia Arias-Pineda, Saint Thomas Aquinas University

Social Communicator, Master’s. Professor, Saint Thomas Aquinas University, Bucaramanga (Colombia)

María del Rosario Yepes-Camacho, National Institute for the Blind

Occupational Therapist. Interinstitutional Management-Research Group, National Institute for the Blind-INCI, Bogotá (Colombia).

Patricia Montoya Falla, National Institute for the Blind

Psychologist. Interinstitutional Management-Research Group, National Institute for the Blind-INCI, Bogotá (Colombia). 

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Published
2021-03-04
How to Cite
Oviedo-Cáceres M. del P., Arias-Pineda K. N., Yepes-Camacho M. del R., & Montoya Falla P. (2021). COVID-19 Pandemic: Experiences of People with Visual Impairment. Investigación Y Educación En Enfermería, 39(1). https://doi.org/10.17533/udea.iee.v39n1e09
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ORIGINAL ARTICLES / ARTÍCULOS ORIGINALES / ARTIGOS ORIGINAIS