Perceptions of contributing factors to severe COVID-19 hospitalization among Hispanic and Spanish speaking patients

Topic Area: Immigrant health
Service: Applied Research

Preliminary quantitative analysis of electronic record data of Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) patients following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic showed that Hispanic and Spanish speaking patients were three times more likely to be hospitalized following COVID-19 diagnosis and respiratory clinic visits. With support from the CHA Foundation, an integrated team of ICH researchers, Harvard Medical School students and CHA providers will conduct telephonic qualitative interviews with patients in this population to better understand contributing factors to this disproportionate rate of hospitalization. The interviews will be conducted in Spanish and English and have been developed with a trauma-informed approach. Insights from data collection and subsequent analysis will be shared back with CHA to inform strategies that will anticipate and respond to the needs of this population. The research team also plans to disseminate key findings to stakeholders beyond CHA through the publication of a peer-reviewed article.