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ICECAP project

Impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on children with asthma or adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Principal investigator at CHU Sainte-Justine

Dr. Sze Man Tse


ICECAP is an online study initiated by CHU Sainte-Justine, McGill University Health Center and CHU de Sherbrooke. ICECAP is an online research study that looks at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children with asthma and adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The study aims to know how the pandemic is affecting these individuals so that we can provide better care to them in the future.

Who can participate?

  • Children (<18 years) with parent-reported asthma and adults with self-reported COPD
  • Residing in Quebec

Who can not participate?


  • of patient or legal guardian to provide consent;
  • to reliably access or use an internet-connected device;
  • to understand written French or English.

What should they expect in terms of process and engagement?

If you agree to participate in ICECAP and we confirm that you are eligible, we will send you questionnaires to fill out every 2 weeks through an online platform. We will ask you about your breathing and your general health, your medication use, your medical visits, and whether you were tested for COVID-19. We will also send you reminders via text or email to complete these questionnaires. The estimated time to complete these questionnaires is 10 minutes every two weeks. This data will be kept in the COVIDSentinel research database, which can only be accessed by the research team. You can cease your participation in the study at anytime.

Why participate?

The platform used by the ICECAP study can track your respiratory symptoms through your answers to the questionnaires. You are free to download this data and share it with your doctor who can use it to track your health and improve your care. As the study progresses, we will share general anonymized statistics with all the participants (for example, how do people with asthma and COPD do went they got COVID? How long do their symptoms last? How many have been vaccinated?). This information on others like you may help you better navigate this pandemic. A gift card of $20.00 will also be offered at every 3 months if all the questionnaires have been completed.

Risks and inconvenients

There are no risks associated with this study. We take confidentiality issues at heart and follow a data security protocol that is approved by the CHU Sainte-Justine, a university-affiliated hospital. Your name and phone number will be replaced by a study code and only the research team will have access to your data.

More detailed description of the research project

Specifically, the first objective of the study is to determine asthma/COPD symptom control and obstructive lung disorder (OLD)-related health resource use associated with and following a SARS-CoV-2 infection in children and adults with OLD compared to uninfected individuals with OLD. The second objective of the study is to evaluate the impact of COVID-related population-level containment strategies and changes in clinical practice (access to telemedicine or in-person outpatient visits; access to pulmonary function testing) in children and adults with OLD. Specifically, we will examine the impact on OLD control and OLD-related health resource use.

Project team

  • Dr. Sze Man Tse, Principal Investigator
  • Josée Poirier, research coordinator
  • Thadsika Ponnampalam, research assistant
  • Glen Meng, research assistant


The project is financed by the Quebec Respiratory Health Research Network.

Contact information


Research project website



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