Researchers find COVID-19 outcome factors in intellectual/developmental disabilities

Sumary of Researchers find COVID-19 outcome factors in intellectual/developmental disabilities:

  • Increased age and preexisting health conditions affected COVID-19 outcomes among people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, according to results of a cohort study published in JAMA Network Open..
  • “To better understand COVID-19 outcomes among people with [intellectual and developmental disabilities], the present study used a sample of adults [in this population] receiving residential support services in New York City, the epicenter of the pandemic in the U.S.,”.
  • Landes, PhD, of the department of sociology and the Aging Studies Institute at Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in New York, and colleagues wrote..
  • “Based upon the results of prior studies, we hypothesized that more severe COVID-19 outcomes would be associated with increased age, residential characteristics, Down syndrome and preexisting health conditions.”.
  • They tracked outcomes of 543 individuals in this patient population who received support services from a single organization that provided residential services in New York City five boroughs between March 1, 2020, and Oct..
  • Resident-level characteristics, such as age, sex, race/ethnicity, disability status, residential characteristics and preexisting medical conditions served as exposures..
  • COVID-19 diagnosis confirmed via laboratory test and COVID-19 mortality indicating that the individual died from COVID-19 during the course of the study served as the main outcomes and measures..
  • Landes and colleagues used logistic regression models to assess links between demographic characteristics and residential characteristics, as well as preexisting health conditions and COVID-19 diagnosis and mortality….

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