Dear GANM community,
In this week’s edition of the GANM Research Library Brief we would like to share three articles centering around the topic of COVID-19.
Stout, M. J., Van De Ven, C. J. M., Parekh, VI., … & Smith, R D. (2021). Use of electronic medical records to estimate changes in pregnancy and birth rates during the COVID-19 pandemic. JAMA Network Open, 4(6):e2111621. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.11621
In this article published in JAMA, researchers sought to clarify whether electronic health records can be used to monitor and project changes in pregnancy and birthrates, given the pandemic and the shutting down of society as we know it. Through this cohort study, an initial decline in births was projected in addition to a decline in birth volume surge for the summer of 2021. These data therefore suggest that electronic health records may be used to model the impact of COIVD-19 on pregnancy rates in the United States and elsewhere
Doroshenko A. (2021). The combined effect of vaccination and nonpharmaceutical public health interventions—ending the COVID-19 pandemic. JAMA Network Open, 4(6):e2111675. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.11675
In this commentary by Alexander Doroshenko, MD, MPH the topic of using vaccination and pharmaceutical public health interventions to end the COVID-19 pandemic are discussed in great detail. Overall, the author refers to countless articles published on the effectiveness of the vaccines currently on the market under emergency use authorization. He goes on to state that it is time to have a scientific debate to determine the best strategy to ultimately control the spread of disease thus ending the pandemic that has cause countless lives to end prematurely. These strategies decrease effective transmission rates in addition to protecting those who are most susceptible. Ultimately, we are immensely close to end this pandemic!
Thompson, H. S., Manning, M., Mitchell, J., … & Marks, B. (2021). Factors associated with racial/ethnic group–based medical mistrust and perspectives on COVID-19 vaccine trial participation and vaccine uptake in the US. JAMA Network Open, 4(5):e2111629. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.11629
Is there an association between race/ethnicity and rejection of COVID-19 vaccine trial participation? Does racial and ethnic group-based medical mistrust therefore mediate this association? This is the question many are asking in the scientific community. In a study of approximately 1800 adults, Black participants stated they had great mistrust in the medical industry. These findings suggest that this mistrust might explain the rates of rejection for COIVD-19 vaccine trail participation, thus raising social and cultural concerns.