Association of time to diagnosis with socioeconomic position and geographical accessibility to healthcare among symptomatic COVID-19 patients: A retrospective study in Hong Kong
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摘要Early diagnosis is important to control COVID-19 outbreaks. This study aimed to assess how individual and area socioeconomic position and geographical accessibility to healthcare services were associated with the time to diagnosis among symptomatic COVID-19 patients in Hong Kong. Multivariable generalized linear regression was used to estimate the associations while adjusting for sociodemographic characteristics and case classification. This study found living in public rental housing and living in an area with low education were associated with longer time to diagnosis in the first wave of infections. Specifically, the risk of delayed diagnosis for public rental housing residents was mitigated by the higher density of public clinics/hospitals but was slightly increased by the higher density of private medical practitioners nearby. No such relations were found in the second wave of infections when the surveillance measures were enhanced. Given the grave impact of pandemics around the world, our findings call on taking inequalities into account when public health policies are being devised.
出版社接受日期09.10.2020
著者Yushan Wu, Xiang Yan, Shi Zhao, Jingxuan Wang, Jinjun Ran, Dong Dong, Maggie Haitian Wang, Hong Fung, Eng-Kiong Yeoh, Roger Yat-Nork Chung
期刊名稱Health and Place
出版年份2020
月份11
卷號66
出版社Elsevier
文章號碼102465
國際標準期刊號1353-8292
電子國際標準期刊號1873-2054
語言英式英語
關鍵詞COVID-19, Time to diagnosis, Socioeconomic characteristics, Access to care

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