The following studies led by BC Children's Hospital and BC Women's Hospital researchers that aim to understand the social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Persons With HIV in Canada: Data From the HIV/HCV Co-Infection/CCC and HIV Aging Cohorts

Marianne Harris, Principal Investigator

To slow the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, people were recommended to adopt new behaviours and public health measures that included physical distancing and avoiding non-essential travel and non-emergency services. While these measures were evidence-based, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented specific challenges for some communities. For example, COVID-19 may have presented unique challenges for people living with HIV and HIV/Hepatitis C co-infection that are likely to include: HIV treatment and care interruptions, delays in hepatitis C treatment initiation, lack of access to telehealth services, changes to substance use patterns, and the double effect of confinement on aging people living with HIV for whom loneliness and isolation are often part of everyday reality. The impact of COVID-19 on people living with HIV from clinical, psychosocial and economic perspectives has not yet been adequately studied in Canada. Neither is there an understanding of how the pandemic has impacted their routine HIV and hepatitis C care, including regular laboratory monitoring and medication management, and their overall wellbeing. In addition, data is limited regarding the risks and benefits of the rise of virtual care for this population.

The purpose of this study is to explore the psychosocial effects of COVID-19 on people living with HIV and their satisfaction with virtual care. The researchers will use two pre-existing HIV cohorts, the Aging With HIV and the Canadian Co-Infection Cohort, to explore the effects of COVID-19 on people living with HIV.

Contact: Marianne Harris

BC Children's Hospital BioBank COVID-19 High School Survey: Survey of Adolescents Regarding Their Opinion of Research and Vaccination During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Suzanne Vercauteren, Principal Investigator

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly altered the lives of B.C. residents and impacted day-to-day activities, particularly for youth. While adolescents and teens continue to be increasingly impacted by ongoing public health decisions, there remains a lack of understanding about youth perceptions on current events and topics related to COVID-19.

The BC Children's Hospital BioBank has previously surveyed high school students in 2016-2017 to gather opinions on willingness to participate in research, types of samples adolescents are willing to donate as well as importance and appropriate age of assent and reconsent. The current study proposes to survey a similar demographic after the experience of living through the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of this study is to acquire data from Grade 8-12 students in B.C. on their perceptions of COVID-19, vaccination, and research participation.

Contact: Ashton Ellis

Care During and Prior to the COVID-19 Outbreak: A Global Survey of Parents' Loss Experiences During Pregnancy and Post-Birth

Wendy Hall, Principal Investigator

Globally, data on the effects of SARS-CoV-2 for parents’ care following loss experiences during pregnancy and post birth are limited. Moreover, data about Canadian parents’ experiences of loss during pregnancy and post-birth pre-pandemic are also limited. This national observational study is intended to increase our understanding of parents’ experiences of stillbirth and neonatal death both pre and during SARS-COV-2 to inform recommendations to improve care for Canadian families. Canadian data from across the country will be analyzed with data from 20 other countries around the world, as well as analyzed separately.

For more information: Stillbirth Centre of Research Excellence

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COVID-19 RESPPONSE: Rapid Evidence Study of a Provincial Population Based Cohort for Gender and Sex

Lori Brotto and Gina Ogilvie, Principal Investigators

The goal of the COVID-19 RESPPONSE study is to understand the impacts of COVID-19 on British Columbians and to estimate the prevalence of COVID-19 in BC, focusing on age, sex, and gender differences.

Impacts of COVID-19 are assessed using an online survey, which includes questions about COVID-19 symptoms and risk factors, demographics, mental health, gender norms, economics, vaccine attitudes, and family planning. The survey includes a module tailored for people who report living with HIV. After completing the survey, participants are invited to register for at-home self-collection of blood samples to test for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. Some participants will be invited to a longitudinal cohort, and will complete additional surveys and samples to study the ongoing impacts of COVID-19. We will recruit a maximum of 6750 participants of all genders, who reside in British Columbia and are 25-69 years old.

Contact: Shanlea Gordon

The Impact of COVID-19 on Births Following Spontaneous Conception and Assisted Reproduction in British Columbia: A Prospective Population-Based Study

Mohamed Bedaiwy, Principal Investigator

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the temporal trends in birth rates within British Columbia prior to and after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, using the British Columbia Perinatal Data Registry (BCPDR).

The current COVID-19 pandemic has led to an unprecedented social and economic crisis, yet the resulting impact on fertility and reproductive outcomes has not been elucidated. It can be reasonably surmised that the financial uncertainty and psychological impact in the aftermath of this pandemic will result in a reduction in birth rates, particularly among infertile couples with reduced access to assisted reproductive services. However, provincially mandated orders for work stoppages and self-quarantine at home may also promote a “coronavirus baby boom” akin to post-war increases in reproduction. The purpose of this study is to evaluate trends in spontaneous and assisted reproduction rates in British Columbia both during and in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. These trends will offer insights into the impact of such a pandemic on the reproductive choices of families and highlight the magnitude of changes to birth rates as a result of reduced access to essential assisted reproductive services.

Contact: Ariadna Fernandez