[cross-posted from CHOP PolicyLab]
Every medical diagnosis is built upon history—the history of current symptoms, past symptoms and, ideally, a complete and detailed medical history. For children in foster care, this information is often minimal, or in some cases completely absent.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the vast majority of clinical research visits have stopped, with the recognition that any in-person contact adds risk that, for the time being, outweighs any research without direct benefit. Researchers have adopted this new normal, often under the premise that this too shall pass. Soon enough, when going to the grocery store becomes a mundane errand instead of a momentous event preceded by days of planning, our work lives – including research – will resume as well. But is that true?