The United Kingdom Research study into Ethnicity And COVID-19 outcomes in Healthcare workers

This study represents a unique partnership of leading researchers and clinicians with national organisations including the General Medical Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council, Royal Colleges and ethnic minority healthcare worker associations that will investigate if, how, and why, ethnicity affects COVID-19 clinical outcomes in Healthcare workers.

Catching coronavirus: a doctor's story

A Specialist Registrar in Infectious Diseases tells us of his experiences of both treating and researching the disease, as well as suffering from COVID-19 himself.

CHALLENGE

COVID-19 has spread rapidly across the world causing significant illness in many countries. As the pandemic has moved through the UK, there is concern that healthcare workers from ethnic minority groups are at increased risk of poor outcomes. It is therefore very important that we understand the differences between COVID-19 diagnosis and clinical outcomes, professional practices, and well-being among ethnic minority healthcare workers to inform the responses and support that we give these staff.

SOLUTION

To address this gap in our understanding, UK-REACH will undertake a range of programmes, including recruiting 30,000 healthcare workers, to gain a comprehensive picture of the impact of COVID-19 on the physical and mental well-being of ethnic minority healthcare workers. Exploration of the sensitivities of using and linking staff data to healthcare data will complement the outcomes ensuring public acceptability.

OUTCOME

UK-REACH will provide novel evidence on COVID-19 outcomes among ethnic minority healthcare workers to inform the development of risk reduction and support programmes through increased understanding of risk as well physical and mental health outcomes. Ultimately, this will reduce health inequalities and improve the long term health outcomes of healthcare workers.