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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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.

Impact of restricted visitation policies in the COVID-19 pandemic on parents of critically ill children

Srinivas Murthy, Principal Investigator

Women’s Experiences of the Onset of Labour, including Spontaneous Onset and Induction of Labour During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Qualitative Study

Sarah Munro, Principal Investigator

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.

Undergraduate Nursing Students’ Experience in the Clinical Learning Environment Since COVID-19 in British Columbia

Suzanne H. Campbell, Principal Investigator

How has Covid-19 affected tertiary NICU staff in Canada?

Susan Albersheim, Principal Investigator