Self-reported Occupational Risk for COVID-19 in Hospital Doctors from Black Asian & Minority Ethnic Communities in UK

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Sunil Daga PhD, MRCP, MBBS
Indranil Chakravorty MBBS PhD FRCP
JS Bamrah MD FRCPsych FIIOPM
Geeta Menon MBBS MD FRCOpth
Subodh Dave MRCPsych MMed
Subarna Chakravorty MBBS MRCPCH PhD FRCPath
Neeraj Bhala MBBS DPhil FRCPE FRCP
Ramesh Mehta OBE MD FRCPCH

Abstract

Emerging data from COVID-19 pandemic shows a trend for increased risk for healthcare workers in the UK, compared to other countries. In addition, there is a disproportionately high risk observed in healthcare workers from Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic backgrounds. This high risk is independent of biological or demographic variables. This paper presents sub-analysis of a larger survey of healthcare workers, particularly describing possible occupational risk of COVID-19 in a subset of doctors in UK hospitals from a BAME background. The results show higher rates of inability to access personal protection or comply with social distancing. The inability to self-isolate was associated with a 1.7x higher risk of COVID-19. The results of this survey suggest further research is needed to explore and understand institutional factors that may explain excess risks to BAME hospital doctors.

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Daga, S., Chakravorty , I. ., Bamrah, J., Menon, G., Dave, S. ., Chakravorty , S. ., Bhala, N. . ., & Mehta, R. (2020). Self-reported Occupational Risk for COVID-19 in Hospital Doctors from Black Asian & Minority Ethnic Communities in UK. The Physician International Journal of Health, 6(1). https://doi.org/10.38192/1.6.1.9
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Sunil Daga PhD, MRCP, MBBS, BAPIO Institute for Health Research, Bedford, UK

Consultant Nephrologist, Leeds Teaching Hospitals, Leeds, UK

Indranil Chakravorty MBBS PhD FRCP, BAPIO Institute for Health Research, Bedford, UK

Consultant Physician, St George's University Hospitals Foundation Trust, London, UK

JS Bamrah MD FRCPsych FIIOPM, British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, Bedford, UK

Consultant Psychiatrist, Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust

Geeta Menon MBBS MD FRCOpth, BAPIO Institute for Health Research, Bedford, UK

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Frimley Park Hospital

Postgraduate Dean, Health Education England, South London

Visiting Professor, University of Surrey, UK

Subodh Dave MRCPsych MMed, BAPIO Institute for Health Research, Bedford, UK

Consultant Psychiatrist, Derbyshire Partnership NHS Trust, Derby, UK

Lecturer, University of Nottingham, UK

Subarna Chakravorty MBBS MRCPCH PhD FRCPath, BAPIO Institute for Health Research, Bedford, UK

Consultant Paediatric Haematologist, Kings College Hospital, London, UK

Neeraj Bhala MBBS DPhil FRCPE FRCP, BAPIO Institute for Health Research, Bedford, UK

Consultant Gastroenterologist, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, University of Birmingham

Ramesh Mehta OBE MD FRCPCH, British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, Bedford, UK

Consultant Paediatrician, Bedford Hospital, UK

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