Canadian Research into COVID-19

The way COVID-19 changed the lives of Canadians was both abrupt and unexpected. Those living with chronic illness(es) were left especially vulnerable. These are unprecedented times, but with them comes the opportunity to identify gaps and improve care and access to resources going forward. The following is a curated list of research related to the impact of COVID-19, led by individuals affiliated with the Chronic Pain Network.

Manon Choinière

  • Study Title: Online survey on the impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Canadians who Live with Chronic Pain
    Date Started: April 2020
    Study Objectives: To determine the way that COVID-19, and restrictions put in place because of the pandemic, have impacted the lives of individuals living with chronic pain.
  • Choinière M, Pagé MG, Dassieu L, Lacasse A. Mental health impacts of living with chronic pain during the COVID-19 pandemic. Symposium, 81st Canadian Psychological Association Annual National Convention, Virtual Series, July 6 – Aug 29, 2020 
  • Pagé MG, Lacasse A, Dassieu L, Hudspith M, Moor G, Sutton K, Thompson J, Dorais M, Janelle-Montcalm A, Sourial N, Choinière M. Pain status and psychological distress among individuals who live with chronic pain during the COVID-19 pandemic: The Chronic pain & COVID-19 Pan-Canadian Study. Paper submitted for publication in Lancet, Sept 1, 2020.
  • Lacasse A, Pagé MG, Choinière M, Dassieu L, Janelle-Montcalm A, Nguena Nguefack HL, Godbout-Parent M, Fauteux C, Hudspith M, Laliberté J, Moor G, Sutton K, Thompson J, Wilhelm L. Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on chronic pain management: A web-based pan-Canadian study. Canadian Association for Population Therapeutics (CAPT) 2020 Annual Conference, Virtual conference − October 26-27, 2020 (Accepted)

Renée El-Gabalawy

  • Study Title: Online survey-based study about predictors of stress during and after the current COVID-19 pandemic
    Date Started:
    May 2020
    Study Objectives:
    To learn more about what factors may predict or prevent post-traumatic stress and growth following the pandemic, to gain a better understanding of how we may help individuals through similar situations in the future, as well as help those who are currently struggling.
    Results: Learn more about the results of this research by visiting the Health, Anxiety and Trauma Lab (HATLab) website here.


Melanie Noel,  Jennifer Stinson & Kathryn Birnie

  • Study Title:Stepped care solutions to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health, substance use, and functioning in youth living with chronic pain: A pan-Canadian study
    Date Started: April 2020
    Online Link to Family Survey: 
    Study Objectives: This project uses a cross-sectional convergent mixed-method and user-centred design approach that engages patients, families, and healthcare providers (HCPs). We are using  quantitative (surveys; Study 1) and qualitative (individual interviews; Study 2) approaches to triangulate data from across the continuum of care. In Study 3, a scoping review (completed), environmental scan (underway), and Delphi survey will inform a remote consensus meeting to prioritize and inform recommendations for virtual stepped care practices and resources. In Study 4, youth will co-design and help evaluate a virtual stepped care model (Kids Pain Portal) within the Wellness Together Canada Platform.


COVID-19 Information and Resources

Articles and Research Papers on the Impact of COVID-19 on Chronic Pain and Healthcare

Resources from the Government of Canada