A quarterly publication of the Institute for Work & health

At Work

Issue 67

Winter 2012

In this issue

Lead IWH research helps shape new work integration initiative

In November 2010, Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board introduced the new Work Reintegration Program. Many of its features address problems with the old vocational rehabilitation program that were described by Institute for Work & Health research.

Standard article Message from the president: Listening to stakeholders about research priorities

The following message is from Institute for Work & Health President Dr. Cameron Mustard, commenting on the Institute’s consultation last fall about research priorities.

Standard article Driven by data: The promising impact of research on policy

In illustrating how research at California’s RAND Corporation helped to reform policy, Dr. Robert Reville, speaking at the annual Nachemson lecture, brought an important take-away message north of the 49th parallel: Research and policy analysis can improve workers’ compensation policy in many ways.

Standard article Hot off the presses...and into the hands of practitioners

Getting new and updated Institute for Work & Health tools to practitioners is paramount, and this season the Institute was full steam ahead.

Standard article Fast but finite: Complementary and alternative therapies

A review led by a scientist from the Institute for Work & Health investigated the effectiveness of alternative therapies for back and neck pain and found that the benefits are immediate, but not lasting.

Standard article Increasing psychological demands elevate risk of depression

New, policy-relevant research from the Institute for Work & Health on Canadian workers finds that increases in job demands can increase the risk of depression.

Standard article Reducing presenteeism through workplace health promotion programs

Workplace health promotion programs are a strategy adopted by employers to address presenteeism and on-the-job performance. But are these programs effective? A recent review of the evidence suggests some are, and points to program components that help to make them successful.

What researchers mean by... grounded theory

If you’re a grounded theorist, you engage a ‘zig-zag’ approach to research—jumping from the field to the drawing table, then back again—in an ever-changing process of fine-tuning your findings. Grounded theory is all about having an open mind and seeing where the data take you.

News IWH News

  • IWH welcomes new Board members
  • IWH scientific director delivers keynote
  • IWH research gets honourable mention