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Clinical Trials Update
February 23, 2021

Physician Videos Improve COVID-19 Knowledge Among Minorities

JAMA. 2021;325(8):713. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.1261

Informational videos starring physicians modestly improved coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) knowledge among US Black and Latino adults regardless of the clinician’s race, according to a trial published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

The study’s 14 267 participants viewed 3 COVID-19 videos featuring 3 physicians. The videos covered basics about the virus and the importance of social distancing, hygiene, and face masks. The intervention group viewed the videos and then answered questions about them; the control group answered questions first.

Eighty percent of the intervention group answered all the questions correctly compared with 72.7% of the control group. Being assigned to a race-concordant physician did not affect knowledge retention. Acknowledging racism, deportation fears, or economic equality also did not affect knowledge gaps or information-seeking behavior. However, Black participants assigned to a video with a race-concordant physician were more likely to request more information about COVID-19.

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