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Authors’ reply: Ethnicity and clinical outcomes in COVID-19: A systematic review and meta-analysis

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posted on 2021-03-15, 14:38 authored by D Pan, S Sze, CR Nevill, LB Nellums, M Pareek
We thank Richard Armitage for his interest in our work. We agree that whilst our systematic review and meta-analysis shows the effect sizes for infection, intensive care admission and death amongst Black and Asian compared to White ethnicities were reduced in studies adjusting for confounders, our study also underscores that there are still not enough studies that disaggregate data on COVID-19 outcomes by ethnicity or adjust for key risk factors. Of the 227 studies we examined, only eight (4%) presented adjusted analyses for infection, four (2%) for ITU admission, and 18 (8%) for death. At least 147 (65%) studies could have disaggregated outcome data by ethnicity or presented adjusted analyses, but did not do so, significantly reducing our ability to interpret the driving factors for the higher risk in ethnic minority populations. [Opening paragraph]

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Citation

EClinicalMedicine, Volume 31, January 2021, 100686

Author affiliation

Department of Respiratory Sciences, University of Leicester

Version

  • VoR (Version of Record)

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EClinicalMedicine

Volume

31

Pagination

100686

Publisher

Elsevier BV

issn

2589-5370

eissn

2589-5370

Acceptance date

2020-11-30

Copyright date

2020

Available date

2021-03-15

Spatial coverage

England

Language

eng

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