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Risk from delayed or missed care and non-COVID-19 outcomes for older patients with chronic conditions during the pandemic.

Smith M, Vaughan Sarrazin M, Wang X, et al. Risk from delayed or missed care and non-COVID-19 outcomes for older patients with chronic conditions during the pandemic. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2022;70(5):1314-1324. doi: 10.1111/jgs.17722

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June 8, 2022
Smith M, Vaughan Sarrazin M, Wang X, et al. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2022;70(5):1314-1324.

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted healthcare delivery and contributed to delays in care. Based on a retrospective matched cohort of Medicare patients, this study explored the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on patients who may be at risk for missed or delayed care. Researchers found that patients with four or more indicators for risk of missed or delayed care (e.g., chronic conditions, frailty, disability affecting use of telehealth) had higher mortality and lower rates of healthcare utilization, including primary care visits.

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Smith M, Vaughan Sarrazin M, Wang X, et al. Risk from delayed or missed care and non-COVID-19 outcomes for older patients with chronic conditions during the pandemic. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2022;70(5):1314-1324. doi: 10.1111/jgs.17722