• A new study has assessed the COVID-19 risk among healthcare workers in UK.
  • Katherine Woolf from University College London Medical School is conducting this study.

Researchers in the United Kingdom (UK) have reported the protocol for a longitudinal study that is investigating the risk of adverse physical health outcomes and mental health outcomes related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) among healthcare workers (HCWs) from different ethnic groups.

This study aims to address the emerging evidence and growing concerns that HCWs from ethnic minority groups (especially those from Asian communities) appear to be at a greater risk of adverse COVID-19 outcomes than white HCWs. The protocol has described the United Kingdom Research study into Ethnicity and COVID-19 outcomes in Healthcare (UK-REACH) workers a longitudinal cohort study.

From University College London Medical School, Katherine Woolf and her colleagues are sending questionnaire to collect data from UK healthcare workers and ancillary workers at baseline. Sample size is being determined on the basis of workers from the baseline for 4 months and then workers from the baseline for 8 months. With consent, the collected data will be linked to healthcare records and all participants will be followed for up to 25 years.

Through multivariate analysis, changes to their health over time are to be understood and the absolute risks as well as relative risks faced by different ethnic groups. Results of the study will be disseminated through reports to the government. Later, the papers will be uploaded to preprint servers and submitted to peer-reviewed journals.