At-risk and vulNerable Individuals To Infection With COVID-19 and ProActive inTervention With intEgrated Health and Social Care (ANTICIPATE): a Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial

Integrating Health & Social Care
In Progress
Electronic Medical Records, Proactive Intervention
April 2020 - December 2022 | Funders: Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (administered through the Alternative Funding Plan Innovation Funds); St. Michael's Hospital Foundation | Partners: UTOPIAN (EMR data), Platinum Medical FHO (clinic site), Markham FHT (clinic site), Barrie and Community FHT (clinic site)


Primary care can play a crucial role in preventing the progression of pre-existing conditions by targeting comprehensive care at individuals at high risk of poor outcomes if they become infected with COVID-19 or have been forced to delay seeking primary care. Based on the available evidence, the following groups are anticipated to be more likely to require hospitalization if infected with SARS-CoV-2 or if: adults 60+ years old and people with chronic conditions. In addition, older adults with mental illness, the homeless and those living in poverty are likely to find it more difficult to maintain social distancing, and are at high risk of infection. By providing proactive support to high risk patients we aim to reduce emotional distress associated with managing complex health conditions and unmet social needs during periods of disrupted access to services and supports.


The challenges surrounding COVID-19 has brought forth many changes to our healthcare system. This study provides an important opportunity to explore a data-driven, proactive approach to identifying patients at greatest risk during the pandemic and beyond, to help support patient’s biological psychological and social needs. As primary care is likely going to continue a mix of virtual and in-person care, we look forward to understanding how proactive engagement within a primary healthcare setting can help with this balance and improve the health of patients.

Team Members

  • Andrew Pinto (PrincipalInvestigator)
  • Rosemarie Lall (Platinum Medical lead)
  • Matthew Orava (Barrie and Community FHT lead)
  • Deepti Pasricha (Markham FHT lead)
  • Ann Burchell (Co-Investigator)
  • Christomer Meaney (Co-Investigator)
  • Rahim Moineddin (Co-Investigator)
  • DonatusMutasingwa (Co-Investigator)
  • Robert Smith (Co-Investigator)
  • Karen Tu (Co-Investigator)
  • Karen Weyman (Co-Investigator)
  • Bruno da Costa (Co-Investigator)
  • Noor Ramji (Co-Investigator)
  • Noah Crampton (Co-Investigator)
  • Christine Fahim (Co-Investigator)
  • Andrew Briggs (Co-Investigator)
  • Rose Wang (Research Coordinator)
  • Ellah San Antonio (Research Assistant)

Advisory Members

  • Nicole Jean-Pierre (Navigator for Markham FHT)
  • Lisa Graham (Markham FHT)
  • Maya Donald Hamblin (Navigator for Platinum Medical FHO)
  • Valorie Burawski (Navigator for Barrie and Community FHT)

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