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One in eight adults over 50 had a hospital operation or treatment canceled last year and this rose to one in five for those with two or more existing medical conditions, according to new research. The most common treatments canceled were eye and cancer surgery.

For the study, the researchers analyzed data from over 7,000 adults who are participants of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) and living in England.

"We found that the rates of diagnoses of new health conditions during the pandemic in the second half of 2020 were substantially higher from the pre-pandemic rates reported in 2018 to 2019."

7,289 adults provided data before the pandemic in 2018-2019. 5,825 adults provided information in Wave 1 of the study and 5,339 took part in Wave 2 of the study.

Of the 623 adults who had had their operations or treatments canceled between March and December in 2020, nearly half were still waiting in November and December for their hospital appointment to be rescheduled.

Diagnosis rates for dementia dropped from 9.09 per 1,000 adults pre-COVID-19 to 4.53 per 1,000 adults in June/July 2020 and to 3.58 adults per 1,000 in November/December 2020. Diagnosis rates for arthritis and chronic lung disease increased.

"The increased isolation during lockdown may have meant that cognitive decline went unnoticed by friends and relatives, or barriers to accessing healthcare may have been experienced more by those with early dementia. Conversely, other conditions were diagnosed more frequently than before the pandemic."

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