Evaluating the impact of COVID‑19 pandemic on primary care using real world data: focus mental health
The spread of the COVID‑19 virus has created havoc in Canada and around the world. Many aspects of all of our lives have been impacted by this pandemic especially the mental health in our populations. Family medicine is the cornerstone of primary care in our healthcare system in Canada. This team multidisciplinary team of investigators will use family physician electronic medical record data or health claims data to measure and evaluate the impact of this pandemic on patients mental health and addictions. In addition, we will compare the mental health impact of this pandemic on our patients in Canada to the experiences in other countries through the INTernational ConsoRtium of Primary Care BIg Data Researchers (INTRePID). INTRePID includes family physician researchers in Australia, Canada, China, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, UK and US with access to data on over 85 million patients worldwide.