Some people who recover from serious cases of COVID-19 have ongoing care needs. The Post COVID-19 Interdisciplinary Clinical Care Network coordinates care, research, and education for recovery.
In partnership with the regional health authorities, patients, and research organizations across B.C., PHSA's Post COVID-19 Interdisciplinary Clinical Care Network aims to support the best possible outcomes for people who have experienced serious cases of COVID-19, through best practices, education and research.
PHSA's Post COVID-19 Interdisciplinary Clinical Care Network (PC-ICCN) was conceived of in April 2020, and formalized in the fall of 2020.
The Post COVID-19 Interdiscipliary Clinical Care Network includes clinicians, academics, and patients who provide leadership to the post COVID-19 recovery clinics by strengthening collaboration, developing best practices, and enhancing access to care. PHSA provides provincial oversight and support to the network.
We are still learning about long-term outcomes for patients who have had COVID-19, but we know that for many it's a 'long haul.' Experts are noticing around the world that multiple organ systems in the body are affected by the virus, and that those effects can persist over time.
The network's mandate is to provide patients who have been infected with COVID-19 and who experienced serious disease with the care and support they need to manage their condition over time.
This work positions B.C. at the forefront of an important global knowledge production and coordinated care effort. It provides leadership in evidence-based post COVID-19 care, and is involved with evidence generation through research as well.
The work of the Post COVID-19 Interdisciplinary Clinical Care Network is:
Patient led: Patients who have recovered from serious cases of COVID-19 and patients at high risk of serious disease have been a fundamental part of the network from the beginning.
Interdisciplinary: Post COVID-19 Recovery Clinics bring different perspectives and expertise to patients' care and treatment plans, including subspecialty physicians, nurses, social workers, and physio and occupational therapists. The network's clinical care coordination working group provides clinics with best practices, evidence, and leadership in this interdisciplinary model of care.
Collaborative: All of the team members work to collaborate with patients, and with primary care providers in the community. The Post COVID-19 Interdisciplinary Clinical Care Network builds and enables these partnerships.
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 outcomes 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 as of the health care system and the services available to them.
The Post COVID-19 Interdisciplinary Clinical Care Network coordinates rigorous and patient-oriented research, and enables rapid learning and data-sharing to improve care.
A core element of post COVID-19 research is our patient registry and biobank. When a patient visits a post COVID-19 recovery clinic, a standardized set of tests are performed. If a patient agrees, biological samples from these tests can be used for research and stored in our biobank to support research. Patients will also be able to fill out questionnaires and be linked to a number of other research opportunities.
All patients who have had COVID-19 have the opportunity to be included in COVID-19 research. Individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 can take part in research through the post COVID-19 recovery clinics or sign up for other research initiatives at www.REACHBC.ca. REACH BC is a joint initiative of the health authorities and university partners in British Columbia.
UBC offers guidance for researchers on how to access contact information of potential study participants for research related to COVID-19, including post COVID-19 recovery.
Treating patients who have had COVID-19 and are still experiencing symptoms is new for everyone. The Post COVID-19 Interdisciplinary Clinical Care Network provides education for patients and access to consultative expertise for providers.
Find patient handouts and educational resources on the Post COVID-19 Care & Recovery health info page, and information for health professionals on Post COVID-19 Care.
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:
BC health authorities: Fraser Health, Providence Health, Vancouver Coastal Health, Northern Health, Interior Health, Island Health
BC Academic Health Sciences Network
BC Centre for Disease Control
BC Ministry of Health
BC Renal Agency
Divisions of Family Practice: Patient Attachment Initiative
Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research post-COVID research program
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
Post COVID-19 clinics are available to all patients across B.C. who meet clinical eligibility criteria, and virtual health options are available in some cases. All patients and their care providers across B.C. can access the education tools and resources developed by the network, independent of accessing the clinics.
As of February 2021, there are three post COVID-19 recovery clinics in British Columbia.
Patients must be referred to a clinic by their primary care provider, using the post-COVID recovery clinic referral form
. The clinics are only able to accept patients who have had a positive COVID-19 swab or a positive serology test
. But, if you were sick during the early stages of the pandemic (between January and May 2020) and did not have access to a COVID-19 test, we will accept your referral.
If you do not meet the clinical eligibility criteria, please access our education tools and resources page
for support to understand and manage symptoms as you recover from COVID-19.
St Paul's Hospital: 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver BC, V6Z 1Y6. Phone: 604-806-8037
Vancouver General Hospital: 2775 Laurel Street, Vancouver BC, V5Z 1M9 Phone: 604-675-3688
Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre: 9750 140 Street, Surrey BC, V3T 0G9. Phone: 604-582-4550 ext. 763869
These clinics are interdisciplinary, integrated with primary care providers, and based on a model of supportive care co-designed by clinicians and survivors of COVID-19.
See our post-COVID recovery clinics
frequently asked questions.