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COVID-19 admission risk tools: the health inequalities lens

 

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COVID-19 admission risk tools: the health inequalities lens

Led by the University of Birmingham, study of COVID-19 patients admitted to four Midland hospitals provides insights into the stark contrasts for ethnic minorities.

The research finds that ethnic minorities exhibit younger age structures, higher multimorbidity and disproportionate exposure to unscored risk factors, resulting in potential triage to an inappropriate level of care with clinicians left falsely reassured regarding the severity of presentation and risk of deterioration. Risk tools need to reflect risk factors predominantly affecting ethnic minorities to help healthcare workers manage patients effectively.