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Long-Covid Study in Spokane seeking participants

Rebecca White/SPR

Healthcare providers in Washington State are participating in a nationwide study to research the long-term effects of COVID-19. Providence in Spokane is one provider involved in the study and is seeking participants from Eastern Washington.

Healthcare providers are seeking 900 volunteers to participate.

Dr. Katherine Tuttle, the Providence executive director for research, says there is a team of providers with expertise on several different ways long COVID-19 has impacted people. She says she’s hopeful the program will also be able to recruit a diverse group of participants as well.

“Our aim aim is to be inclusive and diverse, this means not only by geography, but across race and ethnicity, age, sex and gender,” Tuttle said, “All are welcome in this study and encouraged. You don't have to be a patient at any of our facilities to join the study, we will welcome you either way. It's just very important to get this research done."

Tuttle says the group is also seeking diversity in symptoms, from people who appear to have suffered no ill effects, to people with fatigue, organ or other COVID-caused complications.

Rebecca White is a 2018 graduate of Edward R Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. She's been a reporter at Spokane Public Radio since February 2021. She got her start interning at her hometown paper The Dayton Chronicle and previously covered county government at The Spokesman-Review.
Brandon Hollingsworth is your All Things Considered host. He has served public radio audiences for fifteen years, primarily in reporting, hosting and interviewing. His previous ports-of-call were WUOT-FM in Knoxville, Tennessee, and Alabama Public Radio. His work has been heard nationally on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here and Now and NPR’s top-of-the-hour newscasts.