Recent updates

August 11—In the Summer 2017 issue of At Work, learn about an innovative method being developed to help stakeholders consider how well research evidence applies to their local context. Read about a study on the effectiveness of Ontario’s mandatory occupational health and safety awareness training requirement. And more.

July 21—The Institute for Work & Health's popular "What Researchers Mean By..." columns have been collected into one book, now available to download. This book brings together easy-to-understand definitions of over 35 research terms used in the health and social sciences.

May 12What workplace-based interventions are effective in helping workers with musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) recover and return to work? A team of researchers from the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) and the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR) in Melbourne, Australia, set out to answer this question in a systematic review. The key findings are now summed up in a new one-minute video short. Watch it and share.

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 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.