Winter 2017 issue of At Work is out

In the latest edition of IWH's quarterly: Results of a systematic review update on workplace return-to-work programs, the link between IWH's OHS Vulnerability scores and injury rates, and more.

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New video on the success of the DASH Outcome Measure

Why has the DASH Outcome Measure stood the test of time? In a new video, some members of the DASH development team share their thoughts on the success of this measure.

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OHS vulnerability linked to higher injury rates

Workers who report being vulnerable according to IWH's OHS Vulnerability Measure also report higher rates of work-related injury, according to new IWH study. 

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Preventing upper extremity MSDs in the workplace

Get the key takeaways from a systematic review update of workplace interventions to reduce upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), now available in a plain-language summary and a short video.

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IWH's 25th anniversary annual report now available

The Institute's 2015 annual report looks back at the IWH people and research making a difference to the protection of worker health and safety over the last 25 years.

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Miss an IWH plenary? Listen to the slidecast!

Most Institute for Work & Health plenaries are also available as slidecasts (slides with audio). So if you missed a recent plenary, you can catch it on our YouTube channel.

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Recent updates

  • February 27—New recommendations to improve rehabilitation services around the world, especially in low- and middle-income countries, were released earlier this month by the World Health Organization (WHO). A research team led by Institute for Work & Health Scientist Dr. Andrea Furlan provided the research behind five of the nine final recommendations.

  • February 21—To effectively help injured and ill workers return to their jobs, workplaces should offer different kinds of help that simultaneously aim to improve worker health, coordinate return-to-work (RTW) activities and modify the work. This is according to a systematic review of the research on the effectiveness of workplace-based programs designed to help injured and ill workers return to work, co-led by the Institute for Work & Health and just published in the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation.

  • February 7Find out what the latest research says about the most effective workplace-based practices for returning workers with musculoskeletal disorders, pain-related conditions and mental health injuries? Read about the challenges health-care professionals face in the workers’ compensation system when supporting the return to work of workers with complex injury claims. Learn about the links between OHS vulnerability, as measured by an IWH measure, and self-reported injury rates. That, and more, in the latest issue of the Institute's quarterly newsletter.

  • Epidemiologist and Syme Fellow Dr. Anne Harris talks about a study examining potential work-related risk factors for Parkinson's disease—including pesticides, head injury, and whole body vibration—and discusses their relevance to prevention initiatives.

  • January 25—In the early 1990s, there was a growing recognition of the need for patient-reported outcome measures for musculoskeletal conditions and injuries affecting the upper limb—the arm, shoulder or hand. That was why a team at the Institute for Work & Health and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons developed the DASH Outcome Measure. Twenty years later, the DASH is used across the world in more than 50 languages. Its impact is felt in both research and clinical settings. In this video, DASH developers talk about why they think it's stood the test of time.

  • January 13—Workers who report being vulnerable according to the Institute for Work & Health's OHS Vulnerability Measure also report higher rates of work-related injury, according to a study just published in the journal Safety ScienceThe study suggests that IWH’s measure meaningfully assesses workplace hazards and OHS program shortcomings that are associated with the frequency of work injuries and, if addressed, will likely result in fewer work-related injuries and illnesses down the road.

  • January 9—Most health-care providers do not have problems with the workers’ compensation system or return-to-work process when they treat patients with visible, acute physical injuries supported by clear evidence. However, they may face challenges when they encounter patients with multiple injuries, gradual-onset or complex illnesses, chronic pain and mental health conditions. An Institute for Work & Health study led by Scientist Dr. Agnieszka Kosny explores these challenges and offers recommendations to address them.

  • October 13—What OHS workplace interventions are effective in the prevention of upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)? That was the question guiding a recent systematic review update. To mark Global Ergonomics Month (October), the Institute for Work & Health has produced a plain-language summary of the review's findings, along with a video card of the key takeaways.

  • September 13—To mark the Insitute for Work & Health's 25th anniversary, the 2015 annual report looks back at the Institute's research and the impact this work has had on improving policies and practices that protect workers from occupational injury, illness and disability.

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