People face exceptional circumstances during pandemics, and research must be done to respond to the questions these circumstances raise. Establishing a learning health system ensures that we learn from the COVID-19 pandemic and—for the benefit of the patient experience, public health, system efficiency and the well-being of health and social services workers—that we inject science into our clinical and organizational practices.

COVID-19 has disrupted life in Quebec and around the world. Because our vision supports a learning health system—one that integrates research into practice and bases decision-making on the experiences of patients, health and social services professionals and managers—we are more determined than ever to support a shift in the culture of our health care system.

The Unité de Soutien SSA Québec is connected with the Quebec COVID – Pandemic Network (QCPN), an initiative of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé. The main objective of the QCPN is to create an environment of close collaboration to coordinate research efforts, prioritize actions and accelerate discoveries and their application to infections caused by SARS-CoV-2.

The Unité de Soutien SSA Québec, in collaboration with its specialists, offers a range of tools, expertise and training dedicated to supporting patient-oriented research in the context of this pandemic. 


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Since March 2020, COVID-19 has been all over the news. The pandemic has been the source of much reflection and a number of useful projects. It is important to draw lessons from this experience for the future.