By Ellen Tsaprailis
The multiple waves of COVID-19 has diverted considerable health-care resources away from patients who are dealing with chronic diseases since the spring of 2020.
Canadians who are trying to overcome or manage diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes use a fair amount of health-care resources. The past two years have proven unprecedented in health-care resources being diverted to deal only with COVID-19 patients. How have those decisions impacted the health of patients with chronic diseases?
School of Public Policy & Administration Associate Professor Mehdi Ammi is the Nominated Principal Investigator of a two-year project that will try to pinpoint which multiple chronic conditions have been the most affected and at risk of long-term negative consequences because of the priority placed on COVID-19 care.
The project is titled, Wider Health Impacts of COVID-19 on Patients with Cancer and Other Multiple Chronic Conditions: A Parallel Mixed-Methods Study that was given a grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) of close to $500,000.