A quarterly publication of the Institute for Work & health

At Work

Issue 66

Fall 2011

In this issue

Lead A tough nut to crack: Understanding no-lost-time claims in Ontario

Ontario’s no-lost-time claims increased from 56 per cent of all accepted claims in 1991 to 68 per cent in 2006, according to new research from the Institute for Work & Health. But it’s too soon to say what’s driving this phenomenon.

Standard article Health-Care Rx: Reducing work absences among Canadian nurses

Creating non-violent and supportive health-care workplaces might help prevent prolonged work absences among nurses. This is the upshot of a new study from the Institute for Work & Health.

Standard article Researching workplace depression: Where to go from here

More high quality research is needed to determine what types of programs will most effectively address depression in the workplace. But at least we know this type of research is possible.

Standard article Change is possible: Ontario youth WSIB claim rate declining

A recent study from the Institute for Work & Health shows that, in Ontario, the youth injury rate is declining more steeply than, and converging with, the adult rate. This shows these injury rates are not static and can be potentially improved through prevention strategies.

Standard article The crystal ball: Predicting return to work following low-back pain

What factors affect how long it will take workers to return to work following an episode of acute low-back pain? A just-completed systematic review from the Institute for Work & Health points to a number of them, including workers’ recovery expectations and their interactions with health-care practitioners.

In Focus IWH tools in action

With workers’ health and safety top of mind, the Institute for Work & Health has developed easy-to-use resources designed for workers, employers, clinicians, and health and safety professionals. With some tools seeing close to 3,000 downloads, it’s an understatement to say that they have struck a chord in the “real world” of work.

What researchers mean by... DOI

If you’ve been reading about published research over the past few years, you’ve probably noticed a new vehicle for permanently housing scholarly material: the DOI or Digital Object Identifier. An alphanumeric code, it solves a lot of problems for anyone searching for documents in the vast arena of cyberspace.

News IWH News

  • IWH scientists contribute to publications
  • Next systematic review workshop
  • IWH plenaries start up again