Predictors of Mortality Among Long-term Care Residents With SARS-CoV-2 Infection

Douglas S. Lee MD, PhD; Shihao Ma BASc; Anna Chu MHSc; Chloe X. Wang BSc; Xuesong Wang MSc; Peter C. Austin PhD; Finlay A. McAlister MD, MSc; Sunil V. Kalmady PhD; Moira K. Kapral MD, MSc; Padma Kaul PhD; Dennis T. Ko MD, MSc; Paula A. Rochon MD, MPH; Michael J. Schull MD, MSc; Barry B. Rubin MD, PhD; Bo Wang PhD


J Am Geriatr Soc. 2021;69(12):3377-3388. 

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Conclusions and Implications

In this population-based analysis of those living in LTC homes who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, we found that resident characteristics related to functional status, comorbidities, and routine laboratory measures were major factors associated with mortality. The odds of 30-day death and the acceleration in deaths increased progressively with higher risk quartile. Given their high risk of mortality, identifying those with heightened risk of death and institution of appropriate preventative care for such high risk residents has the potential to reduce future SARS-CoV-2 infection and mortality rates among this population.