Demography

Older adults’ access to primary care during the pandemic

Older patients who accessed primary care via telemedicine had lower hospitalization rates, but racial disparities in outcomes of in-person primary care persist, with Black older adults more likely to be hospitalized after a telemedicine visit.

From Penn LDI

In rural America, religious attendance reduces compassion regarding opioids

Rural areas—particularly those in Appalachian and Midwestern states—are hard hit by the opioid epidemic. However, many individuals in those same states do not support policies scientifically proven to help, like medically aided treatment and syringe exchanges.

From Annenberg School for Communication



In the News


Philadelphia Inquirer

Life expectancy fell by 1.5 years in 2020, mostly due to COVID-19. Here’s what that really means

Samuel H. Preston of the School of Arts & Sciences responded to the pandemic’s negative impact on the U.S. life expectancy, saying it will “bounce back” in the near future.

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KYW Newsradio (Philadelphia)

The consequences of the declining birth rate in the US

Hans-Peter Kohler of the School of Arts & Sciences spoke about the potential ramifications of declining births in the U.S. “Ultimately, declining birth rates affect what’s called the population age structure, so how many individuals are at different ages within a country or population,” he said, “and the population age structure, along with the size of the population, have profound effects on many, many aspects of life.”

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