COVID-19: Information for Research Participants

TeamUHN is working to keep our patients, visitors, learners, staff & community safe as we respond to COVID-19. Please ensure you've checked our COVID-19 homepage for more general updates and information before coming to any of our sites. Entrances may be closed or on restricted access.

Specific updates for research participants will continue to be posted below.

Should I continue to come in to UHN for my research visit?

  • Your safety is a priority to us. Your study team is carefully considering which visits are needed in-person, and which may be done without you coming to UHN, such as by telephone. Your study team will contact you if your visit schedule changes, or if it is best for you to not to stay home.
  • Please follow the self-screening guidelines for visiting the hospital: If you have a research visit scheduled and have a new or worsening cough, fever, sore throat, shortness of breath (worse than normal), or runny nose please call your study team to see if you should still come to the hospital.
  • Plan to come early if you are coming to the hospital in person. We are screening all patients and visitors before they come into hospital buildings. There may be line-ups or wait times to get inside. During the screening, you will be stopped at the hospital entrance and asked:
    • Why you are at the hospital
    • If you have any of these symptoms :
      • Fever
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath
      • Sore throat
      • Runny nose

Is it safe to come to the hospital?

  • At this time, the risk for contracting COVID-19 at the hospital is still considered low.

If the situation changes, will I be notified?

  • If the risk level changes, your study team will contact you to discuss next steps for any appointments or your ongoing participation. You can also call if you have any questions about the safety of coming to the hospital.

Do I have to come for my research visit? What if I don’t want to?

  • You are not required to keep your appointment as a research participant. Your participation in a research study is always voluntary. However, there may be safety related concerns with missed study treatments or visits. If you have any concerns about your appointment, or don’t feel comfortable coming to the hospital at this time, please speak with your study team.

What if I have travelled outside of Canada over the past 14 days?

The Government of Canada is currently advising that all people who have travelled outside the country self-isolate for 14 days. However, there may be safety concerns with missed study treatments or visits.

If you have travelled outside of Canada within the past 14 days, contact your study team to discuss whether to come in for your visit in person.

Where can I find up to date information from UHN?