Dr. Jennings and Dr. Lazar

COVID-19: Race Made No Difference in ICU Outcomes

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:

Dr. Jennings and Dr. Lazar

Dr. Jennings and Dr. Lazar

Michael H. Lazar MD
Jeffrey H Jennings, MD

Pulmonary and Critical Care specialists
Henry Ford Hospital
Detroit Michigan

MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Response: Persons of color who are infected with COVID-19 have a higher incidence of hospitalization and death when compared to white patients.  However, it was previously unknown if there was a difference in outcomes based upon race in patients who are sick enough to be treated in an intensive care unit (ICU).

Our study found that race made no difference in ICU outcomes.

MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?

Response: Lack of racial differences in survival and other meaningful outcomes in the intensive care unit may be related to the highly protocolized nature of care and experience of the critical care team.

MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work?

Response: For future research, we recommend analyzing for differences based upon race for other common diseases encountered in the intensive care unit, or whether this finding is unique to COVID-19.

MedicalResearch.com: Is there anything else you would like to add?

Response: We are grateful for all of the members of the intensive care unit team for their hard work, professionalism and care for these critically ill patients.


Racial Differences in a Detroit, MI, ICU Population of Coronavirus Disease 2019 Patients.
Lazar, Michael H; Fadel, Raef; Gardner-Gray, Jayna; Tatem, Geneva; Caldwell, Martina T; Swiderek, Jennifer; Jennings, Jeffrey H.
Crit Care Med ; 49(3): 482-489, 2021 03 01.



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Last Updated on April 13, 2021 by Marie Benz MD FAAD