Read about the Network and the experiences of those who have engaged with us.
In partnership with the provincial Ministry of Health, Providence Health Care (who manages the virtual clinic), BC’s regional health authorities, research organizations, and patients across B.C., PHSA’s Post-COVID-19 Interdisciplinary Clinical Care Network supports research, education and care, to help people living with persistent symptoms of COVID-19.
What is the Post-COVID-19 Interdisciplinary Clinical Care Network (video)
People with long COVID have access to balanced and sustainable support from BC's health-care system.
Enabling a person-centered, provincial network that provides access to post-COVID recovery resources and research opportunities.
The Network’s mandate is to provide care and support to patients who have acquired COVID-19 and who experience persistent symptoms.
This work puts B.C. at the forefront of a global effort to gain new knowledge and provide coordinated care for people with Long COVID. It provides leadership in post-COVID-19 care that is founded on evidence from research.
The work of the Post-COVID-19 Interdisciplinary Clinical Care Network is:
- Patient informed: Patients who have recovered from persistent symptoms of COVID-19 and patients at high risk of serious disease have been a fundamental part of the network from the beginning.
- Interdisciplinary: The Post-COVID-19 Recovery Clinic brings different perspectives and expertise to patients’ care and treatment plans, including nurses, social workers, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. As needed, clinic staff will connect patients with physician specialists.
- Collaborative: All of the team members work to collaborate with patients, and with doctors and nurse practitioners in the community.
- Research and evidence-based: Our research coordination working group oversees research budgets, patient registries and biobanks. This ensures that research activities are rigorous, relevant to patients and communities, and embedded in a research programme that will result in better results for patients and cost-savings to the system.
- Supportive: Our education working group develops the resources to ensure that patients and families understand their condition as well the services available to them from the health care system.
Established in fall 2020, the Post-COVID-19 Interdisciplinary Clinical Care Network includes clinicians, academics, and patients who provide leadership to long-COVID recovery care in BC by strengthening collaboration, developing clinical best practices, coordinating research, and enhancing access to care. PHSA provides provincial oversight and support to the Network.
Through proactive planning and outreach, the Network has partnerships with patients, academic organizations, health-care agencies, and health authority partners across the British Columbia.
Our partners include:
- Providence Health Care
- BC's regional health authorities: Fraser Health, Interior Health, Island Health, Northern Health, Vancouver Coastal Health
- BC Centre for Disease Control
- BC Ministry of Health
- BC Renal
- Divisions of Family Practice: Patient Attachment Initiative
- First Nations Health Authority
- Michael Smith Health Research BC
- PHSA Office of Virtual Health
- Rural Coordination Centre of BC
- Shared Care BC
- Simon Fraser University Faculty of Health Science
- University of British Columbia, Faculties of Medicine and Nursing and the School of Population and Public Health
In September 2022, PC-ICCN surveyed patients, staff and other partners to learn more about what services and supports are most useful in helping patients recover from long COVID, whether offered by PC-ICCN or elsewhere. The Network also wanted to capture any areas where there are gaps in care or services. Survey data has helped shape the services offered by PC-ICCN.
Learn more about how the Post-COVID-19 Interdisciplinary Clinical Care Network has helped patients recover and get back to living their normal lives.