Comorbidity indices in people with HIV and considerations for coronavirus disease 2019 outcomes.


Winston A, De Francesco D, Post F, Boffito M, Vera J, Williams I, Anderson J, Mallon PWG, Sabin CA.

Lay summary

COVID-19 outcomes have been shown to be worse in people with pre-existing clinical conditions.  People with HIV are thought to have an increased risk of some of these conditions.  Therefore, we wished to describe these co-morbidities using tools that have been recommended for COVID-19 monitoring.  WE measured three standard indices of comorbidities – the Elixhauser Comorbidity Index (ECI), the Charlson Comorbidity Index and the Comorbidity Burden Index – and compared each of these between older people with HIV and HIV-negative controls in the study.  While all three indices were significant

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