Disproportionately worse COVID-19 clinical outcomes in people from ethnic minority groups have been a concern since early in the pandemic. Now as time progresses, it may be useful to look back at the evolving evidence base. We performed the first systematic review on clinical outcomes in ethnic minority groups in May 2020, where we found across several countries a higher proportion of patients from ethnic minority groups infected with SARS-CoV-2, admitted to intensive care units with COVID-19 and dying in hospitals due to COVID-19. However, the collected data was of too poor quality to allow meaningful data synthesis. Our findings were used as evidence for debate in UK Parliament in June 2020, resulting in a recommendation to mandate comprehensive ethnicity data collection and recording as part of routine hospital data collection systems.

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Pan, D., Sze, S., Irizar, P., George, N., Chaka, A., Lal, Z., Martin, C., Nazareth, J., Baggaley, R., Gray, L., Katikireddi, S., Nellums, L., Khunti, K. & Pareek, M. 2023, 'Are clinical outcomes from COVID-19 improving in ethnic minority groups?', eClinicalMedicine, 61, article no: 102091. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eclinm.2023.102091

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