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.