$2.5 million was committed to support research on virtual care in collaboration with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
Recognizing the importance of virtual care in helping connect patients to health services during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation provided funding to support:
- four research initiatives selected through CIHR's 2020 fall competition;
- 15 research initiatives selected though CIHR’s 2021 spring competition; and
- four research initiatives selected through CIHR's 2021 Catalyst Grant : Quadruple Aim and Equity competition.
Funding for research in virtual care is being provided to projects, with a focus on analyzing:
- how virtual care usage has evolved since the beginning of the pandemic;
- the impacts of virtual care on the physician and patient experience, equity of access to care and outcomes of care;
- the economic impact of virtual care; and
- how virtual care can help Canada’s health care system recover post-pandemic.
The CMA Foundation is excited to see the impact of this important research.