Practices that show evidence of effectiveness in improving public health outcomes in a specific real-life setting, as indicated by achievement of aims consistent with the objectives of the activities, and are suitable for adaptation by other communities.

COVID-19 risk and outcomes in patients with substance use disorders: analyses from electronic health records in the United States

Wang, Q.Q., Kaelber, D.C., Xu, R., Volkow, N.D.

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Data Collection and Reporting

This article conducts a retrospective case-control study of electronic health records of individuals who were diagnosed with COVID-19 and have a recent diagnosis of substance use disorder (SUD). The results show that those diagnosed with SUD, particularly African Americans and those with opioid use disorder (OUD), are more likely to contract COVID-19, as well as suffer worsening outcomes such as hospitalization and mortality due to COVID-19. This article shows that an increase in SUD screening could be a factor in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in this community.

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Outcomes of Interest

Reduction of Health Disparities

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Black or African American, People With Substance Use Disorders

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