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Doctors say disparities in hospital care impacts mortality

In a recent poll of 700+ global Sermo physicians, 86% said that they believe disparities in hospital care can affect mortality rates in patients suffering from Covid-19. This was in response to research revealing that staffing levels in hospitals affect patient mortality—which may be even more true during this pandemic, because many Covid-19 patients quickly deteriorate without warning. The majority of Sermo physicians agreed, and 77% expressed concern about hospital disparities, especially as a second wave of the Coronavirus is being predicted. 

According to the poll, 83% of Sermo physicians feel the larger issue of hospital disparities in general—of patient care in underfunded, understaffed hospitals versus patient care in private well-financed hospitals—needs to be addressed. And 52% have seen first-hand that disparities in hospitals affect patient care. Here’s more of what Sermo physicians have to say on this topic: