Objective: The study aimed to explore the perceptions of hospitalized COVID-19 patients’
experiences regarding the disease and treatment process.
Methods: The study was carried out as qualitative research at a hospital in Turkey between June 17,
2020, and July 7, 2020. The sample consisted of 8 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in service after
intensive care treatment. The data were collected through an in-depth individual interview form. Each
interview was transcribed verbatim, and a thematic analysis was performed. The Standards for
Reporting Qualitative Research (SRQR) checklist was followed.
Results: Three main themes were identified for patients' perceptions of the disease experiences and
treatment process. The patients experienced negative emotions after being diagnosed with COVID19, and they spent the isolation and treatment process communicating with their beloved ones over
the phone, watching television, and praying. Having an infectious disease caused them to have anxiety
and sadness, and they reported satisfaction with the physicians and nurses during the treatment