Journal article

Delay or Avoidance of Medical Care Because of COVID-19-Related Concerns - United States, June 2020

Mark E Czeisler, Kristy Marynak, Kristie EN Clarke, Zainab Salah, Iju Shakya, JoAnn M Thierry, Nida Ali, Hannah McMillan, Joshua F Wiley, Matthew D Weaver, Charles A Czeisler, Shantha MW Rajaratnam, Mark E Howard



Temporary disruptions in routine and nonemergency medical care access and delivery have been observed during periods of considerable community transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) (1). However, medical care delay or avoidance might increase morbidity and mortality risk associated with treatable and preventable health conditions and might contribute to reported excess deaths directly or indirectly related to COVID-19 (2). To assess delay or avoidance of urgent or emergency and routine medical care because of concerns about COVID-19, a web-based survey was administered by Qualtrics, LLC, during June 24-30, 2020, to a nationwide representative sa..

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Funding Acknowledgements

All authors have completed and submitted the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors form for disclosure of potential conflicts of interest. Charles A. Czeisler reports an endowed professorship provided to Harvard Medical School by Cephalon, Inc. and educational and research support to Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital from Philips Respironics, Inc. and Alexandra Drane, which supported in part the survey administration and analysis. Mark E. Czeisler reports a grant from the Australian-American Fulbright Commission. Mark E. Howard reports a grant from the Institute for Breathing and Sleep, Austin Health, Australia. Shantha M.W. Rajaratnam reports a grant from the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, Monash University, Australia. Charles A. Czeisler, Joshua F. Wiley, Matthew D. Weaver, Mark E. Czeisler, Mark E. Howard, and Shantha M.W. Rajaratnam report contributions by Archangels for the screener used to determine unpaid caregiver status in the survey and a grant to Monash University from Whoop, Inc. that supported in part the administration of the survey in June. No other potential conflicts of interest were disclosed.