Research Participation Opportunities for our People

Last Updated: 2020-07-27

Sinai Health is an academic health sciences centre, fully affiliated with the University of Toronto. As part of the Toronto Academic Health Science Network, our mandate is to lead in providing safe, high quality care, accelerating discoveries, finding solutions and applying innovations.

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, researchers at Sinai Health are looking to understand the pandemic and the virus, including its impact on health care workers.

Below are some current research opportunities that Sinai Health’s people (employees, physicians, scientists, learners and volunteers) may be interested in participating in. These studies have been the Research Ethics Board approved.

How Are YOU? A study to understand the psychological impact of COVID-19 on health care workers

Investigator: Dr. Robert Maunder

A group of Sinai Health clinician-scientists, led by Dr. Robert Maunder, are surveying Sinai Health’s people – from nurses, physicians, and clinicians of all disciplines to our scientists, students, volunteers, support staff and retail employees – in order to understand the psychological impact of COVID-19, and to assess the efficacy of support initiatives that have already been implemented and more that are planned for the period after the pandemic’s peak.

How Are You? is a series of confidential surveys, which take 5-20 minutes each. The first two surveys are done within two weeks of consenting. After that, surveys are sent to you once every three months until you have done eight surveys in total. By checking in with you every few months, How Are You? aims to assess the long-term impact of COVID-19 and the measures to mitigate its impact. Should you choose to participate, each time you complete a survey, there will be a small e-gift to thank you for your contribution.

To participate visit https://ca.surveygizmo.com/s3/50077977/HowAreYou

This research team’s ability to assess these important outcomes depends on broad participation by all of us. As we have all been affected in different ways by the COVID-19 pandemic, please consider participating in this CIHR-funded study, contributing to our understanding of how the health care system can best keep health care workers safe and well in extraordinary circumstances, and to further improve the quality of support they receive in the future.

A Survey of the Personal and Professional Impact of COVID-19

Investigator: Dr. Geeta Mehta

Sinai Health researchers invite you to participate in a questionnaire about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on you. The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.

The purpose of this survey is to evaluate our people’s work-related and non-work related concerns regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. We want to hear from ALL personnel who work at Sinai Health (Mount Sinai Hospital, Bridgepoint Active Healthcare and Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute). Participation is voluntary and submitting data implies your consent to participate. The information you provide will be kept anonymous and confidential.

The aims of this study are to describe the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on:

  • Your work in the hospital
  • Concerns about yourself and your family members
  • Anxiety, stress, and your mental health
  • Any strategies that have helped you cope

If you agree to participate, please click here on a computer as the survey will not load on a mobile phone.

If the link above does not work, try copying the link below into your web browser: https://ddcrc.mshri.on.ca/NoviSurvey/n/COVID19SHSSurvey.aspx

Risk factors for COVID-19 in health care workers (Mount Sinai Campus only)

Investigators: Dr. Allison McGeer & Dr. Brenda Coleman

Who qualifies?

  • 18-75 years of age
  • Who work 20 hours or more per week or – physicians/nurse practitioners who care for patients for 8 hours or more per week
  • With a home computer or phone with internet access, and
  • Who plans to be available for the next 3 months

What is required?

  • Online baseline & weekly questionnaires
  • If you develop symptoms that might be COVID-19: submit swabs [at work, to physician, NP, or assessment centre, or to study] & report symptoms daily

Optional sections

  • Blood draws now & at the end of the pandemic – to learn about asymptomatic infections
  • Invite adults & children in your home to join – to learn about transmission within households & about the microbiome & early immune responses that may protect people from infection

Participation is voluntary.

For further information visit here or email [email protected]