Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on people who live with chronic pain in Canada

Last updated: 04-20-2020

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Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on people who live with chronic pain in Canada

The objective of this research project is to assess to which extent the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated restrictions affect the pain experience, treatments, various aspects of daily living, the emotional well-being, and the quality of life of people living with chronic pain in Canada.

If you agree to participate in the study, you will be asked to complete an online questionnaire, which should take you between 20 and 30 minutes of your time to complete. You are invited to answer all questions, as all your answers are important for the study. You can complete part of the questionnaire, and return to it at a later time.

There is no known physical risk related to your participation in this research project. However, your participation could cause you some distress due to the emotions stirred up by the description of your pandemic experience. You could also expedience some fatigue while completing the questionnaire.

If you complete the entire questionnaire, you will be eligible to participate in a lottery draw and will have a chance to win one of ten prepaid 100$ Visa® gift cards.

All information obtained in this study will be kept strictly confidential to the extent provided by law. You will only be identified by your survey number. Should you accept to participate in the detailed interview, the follow-up survey that will take place once the pandemic is over, or the lottery draw, you will be asked to provide your name, email address and/or your phone number so we can contact you. In the event that you give us your name, email address and/or phone number, they will be permanently destroyed once the lottery draw will have taken place and/or once we will have communicated with you in order to know if you would like to participate in the detailed interview or to complete the questionnaire following the end of the pandemic. All your study data will be securely stored on the server of the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal for 10 years. Research data may be published in scientific journals, but it will not be possible to identify you.

It will be possible for you to know the overall results of this study if you send a request to the principal investigator at the end of the project.

If you have questions, or if you experience a problem related to the study, you may communicate by email with the principal investigator, Dr. Manon Choinière (, or the study coordinator, Audrée Janelle-Montcalm (

For any question concerning your rights as a research participant taking part in this study, or if you have comments, or wish to file a complaint, you may communicate with the local associate commissioner for complaints and service quality of the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal: 514-890-8484.

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