A New Experience in the Turkish Health System in Response to COVID-19

Kıran Ş., Bostan S.

DISASTER MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH PREPAREDNESS, vol.17, no.4, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 17 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1017/dmp.2023.143
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, PASCAL, CAB Abstracts, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Keywords: COVID-19, document analysis, pandemic crisis, response
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Objective:A substantial amount of work addressing strategies on how to respond to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis already exists. However, there is simply not enough evidence to support a systematic and all-encompassing approach. This study aims to systematically review and present the roadmap of Turkiye's response to COVID-19.Methods:This study is based on a thematic content analysis of official policy documents to present the roadmap in Turkiye's fight against COVID-19. The analysis included 46 press releases accessed from the Ministry of Health's website. The coding structure was created by the researchers based on the literature. Documents were analyzed by dividing them into 3 periods: the panic period, the controlled normalization period, and the normalization period. Each document was sub-coded under the main themes of "concerns" and "strategies" and interpreted by comparing them with each other.Results:The study results show that different categories and coding structures were formed between periods. Some categories that emerged under the theme of concerns were "vaccine concerns" and "social concerns." Similarly, some categories that appeared under the theme of strategies were "vaccine strategies," "monitoring and surveillance strategies," and "intervention strategies."Conclusion:The results provide policy-makers with an appropriate conceptual framework to deal with the pandemic crisis that may be encountered in the future.