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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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

  • The right of worker representation has been a central tenet of occupational health and safety for over 40 years. While evidence shows that it improves health and safety at work, few attempts have been made to show how. In this plenary, a team of academics and labour representatives known as LOARC (short for Labour/OHCOW/Academic Research Collaboration) share their work examining what worker representatives actually do to achieve change. What approach works best?

  • The management of low-back pain has shifted from a biomedical model to a biopsychosocial model. However, the evidence for the biopsychosocial approach is still small, and the burden of low-back pain is still high. Is it time for a new revolution in low-back pain research? Dr. Maurits van Tulder shares his thoughts in this plenary.

  • The Institute for Work & Health's Spring 2017 Systematic Review Workshop is set to take place May 3-5 in Toronto. Sign up now for this popular workshop on how to plan, conduct and communicate the results of a systematic review. The registration deadline is April 19, 2017.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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