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Long COVID symptoms in a population-based sample of persons discharged home from hospital, 2022, Feldman et al

Discussion in 'Long Covid research' started by Andy, Sep 22, 2022.

  1. Andy

    Andy Committee Member

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    Abstract

    Objectives
    The impact of long COVID among persons hospitalized and discharged home is unknown. We aimed to (1) report the prevalence of long COVID in persons hospitalized for COVID-19 and discharged home; (2) estimate the prevalence of physical, sensory, and psychological/mental health impairments; and (3) explore associated factors.

    Methods
    We conducted a telephone survey of adult residents in Laval, Quebec, who were discharged home ≥ 2 months post-hospitalization for COVID-19. Participants responded to a standard questionnaire regarding persistent symptoms. We calculated the prevalence of long COVID and of persistent types of symptoms and evaluated associated factors using bivariate analysis and multivariable logistic regression.

    Results
    In our sample (n = 398), 70% reported physical symptoms, 58% psychological problems, and 16% sensory impairments. 31.5% reported being troubled by persistent symptoms (long COVID). Factors associated with long COVID were a greater number of symptoms (odds ratio (OR) = 1.97, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.69–2.28) and increased hospital stay (OR = 1.03, 95% CI = 1.01–1.06). Other factors associated with physical and psychological symptoms were female sex (OR = 2.17, 95% CI = 1.27–3.71 and OR = 2.06, 95% CI = 1.25–3.39; respectively), higher education level (OR = 2.10, 95% CI = 1.20–3.68 and OR = 2.43, 95% CI = 1.44–4.14; respectively), and obesity (OR = 1.95, 95% CI = 1.15–3.34 and OR = 1.70, 95% CI = 1.05–2.77; respectively).

    Conclusion
    In this population-based study of persons hospitalized for COVID-19 and discharged home, nearly one third were troubled by symptoms for 2 months or more post-discharge. There was a high proportion with persistent physical and psychological/mental health symptoms. Further research will assess the specific needs of these patients to inform health policy makers on service requirements for these persons.

    Open access, https://link.springer.com/article/10.17269/s41997-022-00695-9
     
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  2. Mij

    Mij Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    It could also be referred to as Post-intensive care syndrome and not necessarily LC(yet).
     
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