The RCA is working with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (IC/ES) to assess the impact of COVID-19 on demand for rehabilitative services and anticipate future demand.
At the request of the RCA, IC/ES is analyzing data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) and other sources to get a more thorough understanding of the utilization of rehabilitative services across the continuum for patients with COVID-19. Because IC/ES can access linked data, the analysis will follow the path of patients through hospital admission, ICU stay, discharge and in-home rehab care. The analysis will look at Ontario data from the period December 2020 to March 2021 to answer questions such as:
- How many individuals were diagnosed with COVID-19 in that time period?
- How many required hospital stays?
- How many required ICU stays?
- How many were admitted to inpatient rehabilitation?
- What was their home care rehabilitation utilization post-discharge?
The analysis, which is expected in January 2022, will provide valuable insights to aid in longer term COVID-19 recovery planning. It is particularly relevant as more is learned about the rehabilitative needs of those recovering from COVID and those experiencing post COVID-19 condition (formerly known as long-COVID).
This work complements the information gathered through RCA’s province-wide surveys on the impact of COVID-19 on outpatient/inpatient capacity during the pandemic (conducted Spring 2020 and currently).