Optimizing lung health and quality of life for COVID-19 survivors
Dr. Chris Carlsten
Professor and head of the UBC Division of Respiratory Medicine and scientific director of the Legacy for Airway Health
With over 2,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in BC, and numbers continuing to tick upward, there is a need plan ahead and identify optimal care for patients after they have recovered from a COVID-19 infection. It will also be vital to engage with and further study COVID survivors to learn more about the impact of the virus, and determine and address key research questions.
This research project will establish a database for the COVID-19 respiratory registry that will be used to determine risk factors associated with poor respiratory outcomes, inform clinical care, build research capacity and support future studies, and develop provincial expertise in post-COVID-19 respiratory care. The research will focus on the long-term respiratory health of COVID survivors and any associated complications they experience post-hospitalization.
Dr. Carlsten is working closely with VGH Head of Respirology, Dr. Jay Johnston and St. Paul’s Hospital Head of Respirology, Dr. Chris Ryerson, to develop the project platform for interdisciplinary collaboration with a broad range of other health care areas and disciplines, as well as with research teams at the national and international levels.