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Title: Delay or Avoidance of Medical Care Because of COVID-19–Related Concerns — United States, June 2020
Austin Authors: Czeisler, Mark É;Marynak, Kristy;Clarke, Kristie E N;Salah, Zainab;Shakya, Iju;Thierry, JoAnn M;Ali, Nida;McMillan, Hannah;Wiley, Joshua F;Weaver, Matthew D;Czeisler, Charles A;Rajaratnam, Shantha M W;Howard, Mark E 
Affiliation: Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Austin Health
CDC COVID-19 Response Team
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Issue Date: 11-Sep-2020
Date: 2020-09-11
Publication information: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) 2020; 69(36): 1250-1257
Abstract: Summary What is already known about this topic? Delayed or avoided medical care might increase morbidity and mortality associated with both chronic and acute health conditions. What is added by this report? By June 30, 2020, because of concerns about COVID-19, an estimated 41% of U.S. adults had delayed or avoided medical care including urgent or emergency care (12%) and routine care (32%). Avoidance of urgent or emergency care was more prevalent among unpaid caregivers for adults, persons with underlying medical conditions, Black adults, Hispanic adults, young adults, and persons with disabilities. What are the implications for public health practice? Understanding factors associated with medical care avoidance can inform targeted care delivery approaches and communication efforts encouraging persons to safely seek timely routine, urgent, and emergency care.
Journal: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: COVID-19
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