Black COVID-19 patients less likely to receive medical follow-ups, study finds

A University of Michigan study published Oct.11 found Black COVID-19 patients are less likely to receive medical follow-ups after hospitalizations and more likely to experience longer wait times to return to work. 

Researchers gathered data on 2,217 adult patients hospitalized with COVID-19 60 days following hospitalization from 38 hospitals around the state between March 16, 2020, and July 1, 2020. 

Key takeaways: 

  • Fifty percent of patients of color were readmitted within 60 days after being released. 

  • A total of 108 patients reported no follow-up from with a primary care physician following discharge, 64.8 percent of those reporting were Black or Hispanic.

  • Black patients experienced an average 35.5 day delay to return to work while Hispanic patients experienced an average of 10.5 day delays. 

  • Patients of color were more than 65 percent more likely to experience moderate to severe financial impact.

  • Highest number of deaths following discharge were among white patients (21.5 percent).

  • Less than a quarter of patients discharged back to assisted living, skilled nursing facilities, or subacute rehabilitation facilities remained at those locations in the 60 days following discharge.

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