A quarterly publication of the Institute for Work & health

At Work

Issue 64

Spring 2011

In this issue

Lead Assessing the adequacy of workers’ comp benefits for permanently disabled workers

Workers who suffer permanent impairments from a work injury often receive workers’ compensation benefits to replace lost earnings. Just how well three compensation programs provided adequate benefits is the subject of a new Issue Briefing from the Institute for Work & Health.

Standard article Looking for good workplace injury stats? Try the emergency department

Workers’ compensation data is typically used to track the performance of workplace health and safety. A recent study from the Institute for Work & Health suggests emergency department records can provide an independent source of reliable information on job-related injuries and illnesses.

Standard article Immigrant worker safety: IWH develops OHS information tool for newcomers

Institute for Work & Health researchers are helping fill a gap in the occupational health and safety system: the need for information tailored to immigrant workers, delivered to them through the services they regularly access at the community level.

Sidebar Over-qualified immigrants at risk of poorer mental health

Many recent immigrants end up in jobs for which they are over-qualified, putting them at risk of poorer mental health within a relatively short period of time, according to a recent study from the Institute for Work & Health.

Standard article Relationship trouble: The role of health-care providers in complex workers’ compensation claims

The interactions among health-care providers, injured workers and workers’ compensation boards can result in problems that delay the return to work of injured workers with complicated claims, according to a recent analysis by Institute for Work & Health researchers.

Standard article Five easy pieces: Easy-to-use tool helps predict back-pain outcomes

A simple, five-question tool has been developed to help front-line doctors identify those patients with back pain who are at risk of severe and long-term functional limitations and, therefore, potentially in need of more aggressive treatment and follow-up.

What researchers mean by... qualitative research

Qualitative research aims to make sense of human experience, beliefs and actions. As such, it provides a rich source of information on social systems and processes.

News IWH News

  • CBRG managing editor to retire
  • IWH contributes to back pain book