BACKGROUND: The pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has global impact, Wuhan in Hubei province is a high-risk area . And the older people in nursing homes are the most susceptible group to COVID-19 . The aim of this study was to describe the practice and experience of the first-line medical team, to provide insights of coping with COVID-19 in China .
METHOD: This qualitative study used a descriptive phenomenological design to describe the experience of medical staff supported the nursing homes in Wuhan fighting against COVID-19 . Unstructured interviews via online video were conducted with seven medical staffs who supported the nursing homes in Wuhan . Data were analyzed using content analysis in five main themes: for nursing homes, we interviewed the difficulties faced at the most difficult time, services for the older people, and prevention and management strategies, for the medical staff, the psychological experience were interviewed, and the implications for public health emergencies were also reported .
CONCLUSIONS: It is imperative that effective preventive and response measures be implemented to face the outbreak of COVID-19 and meet the care needs of older people in the context of COVID-19 .
IMPLICATIONS: Findings will inform managers of some reasonable instructional strategies for implementing effective infection management . Nursing homes need to provide targeted services to help alleviating their bad psychology for residents.