A quarterly publication of the Institute for Work & health

At Work

Issue 53

Summer 2008

In this issue

Lead Massage relieves, but does not cure, chronic low-back pain

Current trends suggest massage has become a popular treatment option for chronic low-back pain. Massage, among the earliest known tools for treating pain, can promote muscle relaxation, improved circulation and general feelings of well-being. And it doesn’t involve surgery or prescription pill bottles. Massage feels great. But is it a cure?

Standard article Disability income security programs are poorly coordinated

Canadian workers with disabilities face a patchwork of income security benefit programs – and many working-age disabled Canadians receive no income security benefits at all, according to a study by Institute for Work & Health researchers. Income security benefits provide financial support to those who cannot work.

Standard article New Mustard Fellow plans to study prevention efforts, media campaigns

Liz Mansfield has conducted research in the areas of health and safety in small workplaces, injured workers, media prevention campaigns and young worker safety. She now hopes to expand her experiences in occupational health and safety (OHS) research here at the Institute.

In Focus Immigrant workers experience different health and safety issues

If you live and work in a Canadian city, you likely interact with people who were born in other countries. It’s not only the largest centres such as Toronto – where nearly every second person is an immigrant – that attract newcomers.

Sidebar Stories of injured immigrants

Dealing with a workplace injury can be challenging for any worker. For an immigrant worker who doesn’t speak English well and who doesn’t understand the nuances of the mainstream culture, there may be extra difficulties. Associate Scientist Dr. Agnieszka Kosny made this observation during another study of injured workers, some of whom were immigrants.

What researchers mean by... sample size and power

Few of us read research reports with an eye to critiquing the methodology. The results are the main attraction, the reason for reading in the first place. But researchers spend much of their time planning how their studies will be carried out. Shouldn’t we pay more attention?

News IWH News

  • Institute scientists publish book
  • WorkCongress9 comes to Toronto
  • Nachemson Lectureship awarded
  • New Chair for the IWH SAC