A new-peer reviewed research paper showed that people with pulmonary arterial hypertension enrolled in the PHA Registry didn’t experience medication delays, increased emergency room visits or more hospital stays.

The paper, published in the April 18 issue of the Pulmonary Circulation Journal, also showed patients’ mental health metrics didn’t worsen. The authors, Megan Mayer, M.D., M.P.H, and her colleagues from the University of Colorado, speculated that PHA-accredited comprehensive care centers’ relationships with patients may have decreased the impact of the pandemic.

This study showed that patients with government-funded insurance used health care more often and showed more severe disease, regardless of the pandemic, compared to privately insured patients.

The retrospective study is the 15th published paper using PHA Registry data.