Stigma and COVID-19 in Iran: a rapid ‎assessment

Asadi, Heshmatollah and Shokri, Azad and Moradi, Ghobad and Mohamadi Bolbanabad, Amjad (2020) Stigma and COVID-19 in Iran: a rapid ‎assessment. International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare.

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Purpose The purpose of the study is to investigate the perceived stigma among ‎residents of Sanandaj, west of Iran, following COVID-19 pandemic.‎ Design/methodology/approach This is a cross-sectional study conducted from March to April 2020. The ‎sample consisted of 1,000 participants who live in Sanandaj. The data ‎collection tool was a self-report electronic questionnaire. ANOVA and T-test ‎were used to analyze the data.‎ Findings The mean perceived stigma for COVID-19 was 5.50±2.24 (IQR: 3.75–6.87) ‎out of 10-point scale. The highest point was seen for perceived external ‎stigma (6.73±2.49, IQR: 5–8.75) followed by disclosure stigma (4.95±3.92, ‎IQR: 0–10). Interestingly, self-employers were more concerned about ‎disclosing their illness than those with governmental jobs (25±3.93 vs. ‎‎4.31±4.14, P<0.05), and also had an overall higher stigma score; 5.72±2.23 ‎vs. 5.19±2.37, P<0.05).‎ Originality/value COVID-19 stigma is high among Iranians and more common among men, ‎youngsters and self-employers.‎

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences > School of Medicine
Depositing User: samira sepahvandy
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2020 14:37
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2020 14:37

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