Post-COVID-19 Care: Medical Humanities and Health Economics
Date: Oktober 2021 – März 2025
Funding: Universität Wien, Medizinische Universität Wien
Collaborator(s): Department of English and American Studies, University of Vienna
Information: Susanne Mayer, Agata Łaszewska
The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has had devastating impacts on healthcare systems, economies, and communities worldwide. An expert in health and healthcare disparities argues, “[t]here are three coexisting pandemics: COVID-19, poverty, and fear” (qtd. in Frieden 2020). The close intertwining of these three parallel developments – (1) the effects of the virus on individual health and healthcare systems, (2) the concomitant exacerbation of individual socio-economic status, and (3) the global media spread of misinformation – requires interventions that go beyond standard research and translational efforts. This Interuniversity Cluster project aims to offer a first step in this direction by bringing together Medical Humanities/Cultural Studies (Univ.-Prof. Dr. Monika Pietrzak-Franger; University of Vienna) and Health Economics (Assoz.-Prof. Dr. Susanne Mayer, Dr. Agata Łaszewska; Medical University of Vienna). The project aims to contribute to a better understanding of how translational efforts can take the above factors into consideration and improve post-COVID-19 care in Austria.