Racial, ethnic minorities with rheumatic disease, COVID-19 more likely to be hospitalized


Sumary of Racial, ethnic minorities with rheumatic disease, COVID-19 more likely to be hospitalized:

  • Black and Hispanic patients with rheumatic diseases plus COVID-19 were more likely to require hospitalization and mechanical ventilation to treat their infections compared with white patients, according to data presented at ACR 2020..
  • “As COVID-19 spread across the world earlier this spring, it became clear that the disease was impacting certain groups more than others,”.
  • “Similar to findings in the general population, we found that racial/ethnic minority patients with rheumatic diseases [plus COVID-19 infection] had increased odds of hospitalization and ventilatory support,”.
  • Adobe Stock “We know that patients with rheumatic diseases and those on immunosuppressive medications have a higher risk of developing severe infections,”.
  • Further, racial and ethnic minorities with rheumatic disease generally experience a higher burden of disease risk and severity compared to white patients..
  • The disproportionate adverse outcomes of COVID-19 could have substantial long-term impact on patients’ health and quality of life.”.
  • To assess the link between race/ethnicity and COVID-19 hospitalization, ventilation requirements and COVID-19-related mortality in patients with rheumatic disease, Gianfrancesco and colleagues examined a cohort of patients (n=694) from the global rheumatology registry from March 24 to May 22..
  • Patients were defined as white, Black, Hispanic or other race/ethnicity and controlled for age, sex, smoking status and rheumatic disease diagnoses, which included rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and others..
  • The researchers also controlled data for common morbidities, including cardiovascular disease, hypertension, lung disease, diabetes and chronic renal insufficiency or end-stage renal disease….

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