COVID Research Surveys

As of April 14 2020, CAEP will distribute approved COVID research surveys via the CAEP Connects weekly newsletter. The process for getting the survey approved is listed here – note that the charge will be temporarily waived for these COVID research surveys.

All other research survey distribution will be on hold until further notice.

A comparison of the screening and patient flow processes of suspected COVID19 patients in emergency departments

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) dramatically demonstrates the global havoc that can be wreaked by a newly emerging infectious disease. The current research has a predominantly biomedical focus. Screening at the front of emergency department (ED)  is  crucial to keep ED staff safe and reduce hospital acquired COVID-19 infections.  The appropriate ED patient flow management of suspected COVID-19 patients allows ED and the rest of the hospital to function and work effectively during the pandemic. Published studies on the screening and patient flow of suspected COVID-19 patients are currently lacking.

COVID19 pandemic has posted an incredible challenge to all health systems around the world. The authors wish to collate the experiences of different ED systems to provide valuable evidence for international improvements in terms of ED’s role in supporting appropriate patient flow within the hospital systems and combating the spread of this pandemic, and future epidemics and pandemics. We will compare the ED screening, triage and patient flow management of EDs in different countries, and discuss the usefulness of this comparison.

This descriptive study will be the first large scale international survey of ED screening and the patient flow process. The aim is to provide key data to understand how ED screening and patient flow process are being operated and how they differ between sites. It may provide important information that will serve to assist in the prevention of hospital acquired COVID 19 infections for staff and patients.

Chief Investigator / Supervisor:

Name: Dr Tom Bo Sing Lee
School: FACEM, Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the School of Medicine, Notre Dame University Fremantle

How do front line emergency physicians handle information during the COVID pandemic?

You are being asked to participate in a research study that we are conducting. The study will examine how physicians manage, sift, and filter through the large amount of information during COVID. Participation in this study is voluntary.

There is no perceived risk associated with this study. You will not directly benefit from participating, but the information you provide may improve understanding of how to equip Emergency Physicians with practical and useful information in the future.

Briefly, the study involves a 3-minute anonymous electronic survey. If you would like to participate in this study please click on the link to access the survey:

By completing the survey you are providing your consent to participate in the study.

If you have any questions, please contact the Principal Investigator at or the Research Facilitator, Angela Marcantonio at 613 798-5555 ext. 17469.

Thank you,
Stella Yiu
Principal Investigator
Department of Emergency Medicine
The Ottawa Hospital

Safety and perception of HCW in a COVID19 outbreak - Survey closes May 28

Please complete this very short survey – 10-15 minutes – on healthcare worker perceptions regarding local infection prevention and control procedures for COVID 19. Given the ongoing COVID19 outbreak, contemporaneous data on how care is provided during an outbreak, and how we protect ourselves, is crucial. Clinical units are very busy and infection control is difficult to maintain. We are looking for your perspectives on some of these issues. This survey is part of a CIHR-funded program of work examining the Canadian clinical response to COVID19, in conjunction with the World Health Organization. Responses are anonymous.

This survey has been approved by the ethics board at the University of British Columbia, Canada. If you have any concerns or complaints about your rights as a research participant, please call the Office of Research Ethics at 604-822-8598 (Toll Free: 1-877-822-8598 or, and mention study number H20-00438

We thank you for your response and should you have any questions, please contact the CATCO Team at

Srinivas Murthy, for the CATCO (CAnadian Treatments for COVID19) team
University of British Columbia

Critical care resource triage during the COVID-19 pandemic

Local & Supervising Investigators: Ali Mulla, MD, Blair Bigham, MD
Co-investigators: Andrea Frolic, PhD, Michael Christian, MD, FRCPC, FCCM

You are invited to participate in a study titled Critical care resource triage in COVID-19 pandemic, conducted by Drs. Ali Mulla, Blair Bigham, Andrea Frolic, and Michael Christian in affiliation with the Division of Emergency Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON and London’s Air Ambulance, Barts NHS Health Trust, London, England.

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to understand the knowledge and attitudes of clinicians working in the COVID-19 pandemic with regards to critical care resource allocation and triage. Clinicians will be asked to report their attitudes related to their duties in the COVID-19 pandemic and their knowledge and attitudes towards ventilator and critical care triage.

Importance of this Research: This information collected from the study will be disseminated and used to adapt and improve resources for these clinicians. Putting measures in place to prepare and support clinicians who may have to triage these resources is of utmost importance.

Funding Source: This research is unfunded.

Participant Selection: You are being asked to participate in this research project because you are a physician providing care within emergency or critical care areas during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What is involved?: Your participation will include completing a short on-line survey. The survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. The survey will involve demographic questions and other questions regarding critical care resource triage.

Risks & Inconvenience: There are no known or anticipated risks to you by participating in this research. Participation may inconvenience you through the loss of the time spent completing the survey. There is the remote chance that you could feel emotional distress due to the nature of questions asked. You can quit the survey at any time.

Benefits: We cannot promise any personal benefits to you from your participation in this study. Gaining insight into physician preparedness to engage in critical care resource triage may lead to future interventions that reduce moral distress and improve application of triage principles.

Voluntary Participation: Your completion of the survey is completely voluntary.  Your participation is not an expected component of your employment and should be done on your own time. There will be no ramifications if you choose not to participate. If you do decide to participate, you may withdraw at any time without any consequences or explanations. However, if you complete and submit the survey, consent will be implied in its action. Once the survey is submitted, it will be impossible for your responses to be withdrawn given the survey’s anonymous nature.

Anonymity: Your anonymity is completely assured during this research, as no identifying information other than your clinical position, clinical area and location of practice, professional college membership, number of years in practice, and size of hospital where you provide care will be recorded during the survey.

Confidentiality: Your confidentiality and the confidentiality of the data will be protected by the data being stored securely within a password-protected network. Raw data collected will only be viewed by the study investigators.

Dissemination of Results: It is anticipated that the results of this study will be shared with others in the following ways: conference/scholarly meeting presentations and peer-reviewed publication.

Disposal of Data: Data from this study will be disposed of after a period of 7 years. All retained data will be de-identified and stored in password-protected files.

Contacts: For more information regarding this study, please contact Ali Mulla, email:

If you have any questions regarding your rights as a research participant please contact: Hamilton Integrated Research Ethics Board (HIREB), telephone: 905-525-2100 ext. 42013

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on emergency physician work and well-being

Principal Investigator: K. De Wit, Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, McMaster University
Co-Investigators: T. Chan, C. Wallner, D. Barbic, K. Kemplin, M. Welsford, A. Worster, M. Mercuri
Sponsors: Hamilton Health Sciences, McMaster University

You are being invited to participate in a research study on Canadian emergency physician workload, quarantine and COVID-19 infection during this pandemic. This is a weekly survey study. Your decision to participate is completely voluntary, and your job/professional standing will not be affected if you choose not to participate.

What this study involves

If you agree to participate, we will ask your age, gender, where you live and where you work. We will also ask whether you are immunosuppressed, your current living situation and your typical work schedule. We will send you an email or text once a week during the pandemic. We will ask you to click on a link to enter how many shifts you worked in the past week, how many shifts you had to miss, whether you were tested for COVID-19 in the past week and burnout. We estimate it will take less than 2 minutes to respond.

To help your emergency department address physician wellness and workforce planning, we offer your department regular feedback on our survey findings (both provincial and national). These reports include the median number of scheduled, unscheduled and missed shifts per physician, as well as the proportion who have contracted COVID-19 and who feel burnout. We will not include physician identities and your chief will not know who is participating.

If you participate, we might also invite you to an interview with a researcher over the coming months. If you are invited, the interview is optional. The interview will focus on the challenge of providing care in the emergency department during a pandemic.


We will not collect your name. Every effort will be taken to ensure that your information is kept private. Your responses will be entered into a Research Electronic Data Capture system which is a secure web application. The data will be securely stored in a 4-tier data facility located within McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Only authorized research team members trained in Good Clinical Practice will have access to the data. Your personal identifying information (age, gender, health, place of work and living situation) will be kept separate from the weekly data you send us. Your contact information will be held securely on our server so that we can send you follow-up surveys during the pandemic. Once the study is complete, your contact information will be destroyed. We will not use your contact information for any other purpose, nor will we make your contact information available to anyone else. We will take every measure possible to keep your information safe; however, you should be aware that your contact details and demographic information will be included in our databases and that a breach in privacy would result in access to those details.

If you participate, your name will not be associated with any of the results and the findings will be reported so that you cannot be identified. Participation is voluntary and you are free to withdraw from the study at any time. You may withdraw yourself by contacting the study coordinator, Natasha Clayton, at

Benefits of participation

You will not benefit directly from participating in this study, but your input will help to improve future planning and education around working in the emergency department during a pandemic.


If you have any additional questions, please contact Kerstin de Wit at  This study has been reviewed by the Hamilton Integrated Research Ethics Board. If you have any questions regarding your rights as a research participant, you may contact the Office of the Chair at 905-521-2100 ext. 42013. If you would like to participate, please click on this link or scan the QR code below to give your consent:

To request a survey distribution, please contact Kelly Wyatt ( Royal CBD Royal CBD Creams