COVID-19 shutdown ‘magnified the disparities’ among patients with GI bleeding

Although fewer patients visited the emergency department for gastrointestinal bleeding during the pandemic, cases were more severe and disproportionately worse among underrepresented groups, according to a study.“As was seen in many other conditions, the early pandemic health care shutdown was associated with a concerning, probably nonbiological decrease in presentation of acute, non-COVID illness to hospital,” Michael K. Dougherty, MD, MSCR, study author and adjunct assistant professor of gastroenterology and hepatology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, toldRead More

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