Diabetes and other comorbid conditions were associated with a poor outcome in SARS

January 2004
ACP Journal Club;Jan/Feb2004, Vol. 140 Issue 1, p19
Academic Journal
This article focuses on a study regarding clinical features and short-term outcomes of patients with SARS in Toronto, Ontario, published in the 2003 issue of "Journal of the American Medical Association." 144 patients who met the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention criteria for suspected SARS were admitted to hospitals in Toronto between March 7 and April 10, 2003. Associations between prognostic factors and poor outcome were assessed using univariate and multivariable statistical methods. The study concluded that in SARS patients, presence of diabetes or other comorbid conditions was associated with a combined outcome of death, intubation, or the need for intensive care unit admission.


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