Ethnic minority groups underrepresented in long COVID research, study demonstrates

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Leicester academics have highlighted that ethnic minorities are underrepresented in long COVID research. 

Professor Kamlesh Khunti, Dr Rachael Evans and a team of academics from the University of Leicester have highlighted a significant shortage of studies examining the prevalence and causes of long COVID among ethnic minority groups, in contrast to the research available on white populations. 

They demonstrate that long COVID symptoms experienced by ethnic minorities differ from those experienced by white individuals.  

To accurately represent ethnic minority populations in long COVID research, academics must modify the language they use and address health literacy barriers, according to the study. 

Previous research says ethnic minorities have been disproportionally affected by acute COVID-19. 

Professor Kamlesh Khunti, Professor of Primary Care Diabetes and Vascular Medicine at the University of Leicester, said: “To enhance the representation of ethnic minorities in long COVID research, we must collaborate closely with these communities to identify the outcomes that are most significant to them. 

“Despite our limited knowledge about long COVID, it is crucial for future research to address ethnic minority disparities to prevent exacerbating existing inequalities.”

He added: “The underrepresentation of ethnic minorities in long COVID research is concerning and underscores the urgent need for inclusive studies that capture the diverse experiences within our communities. 

“Addressing this gap is essential to ensure equitable healthcare responses and improve outcomes for all affected populations.” 

Read the study.