Health System Resourcing

This research area will focus on informing health system resourcing needed during surges and peaks, understanding of demands and impact on the broader health system and the related non-COVID-19 impacts.

Key Challenge Questions:

  1. What is the ideal level of health system resourcing to respond safely and effectively to surges / peaks in COVID-19 (i.e., PPE, HHR, ICU beds, ventilators, testing, non-ICU beds, drug supply, home monitoring requirements)? ​How can we best calibrate the response to specific neighborhoods experiencing outbreaks?

  2. What are the implications of COVID-19 response for non-COVID-19 health system resourcing needs?

    1. What are the implications for health and mental health demand, costs, and/or funding required?

    2. What are the implications for preventative care (e.g., cancer screening)?

  3. What do we understand of the medium and long-term health impact of COVID-19 (e.g., increased cardiac disease, neuropathies, mental health implications, testing and diagnosis, respiratory conditions requiring oxygen) and what will be the future pressures on the health system (e.g., rehab, home care, complex continuing care)?

Please consider: All analyses should include consideration of population sub-groups, for example: sex, gender, and sexual orientation; people with high risk clinical characteristics; people with physical and/or mental health disabilities; Indigenous peoples and communities; immigrants and refugees; ethno-racial communities; Francophone communities; linguistic communities; religious/faith communities; homeless people; people living on a low income; people receiving social assistance; people using drugs; and people living in rural/remote or inner urban areas. 

Date modified: 2021-11-30