May 12—What 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.
What are the main challenges when designing disability income support policy for mental illness? In this plenary, Dr. Ashley McAllister shares the results of a study that interviewed DIS policy designers in Australia and Ontario. She outlines five main challenges and discusses the ramifications of ignoring them.
May 3—The Spring 2017 issue of At Work is now out. Learn how the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) helped develop a safety climate audit tool as a result of its role on Ontario’s mining safety review. Read about the lasting health and safety improvements at a long-term care home after a participatory ergonomics study. Find out how an IWH team contributed to the World Health Organization’s guidelines on rehabilitation for countries around the world. And more
The right of worker representation has been a central tenet of occupational health and safety for over 40 years. While evidence shows that it improves health and safety at work, few attempts have been made to show how. In this plenary, a team of academics and labour representatives known as LOARC (short for Labour/OHCOW/Academic Research Collaboration) share their work examining what worker representatives actually do to achieve change. What approach works best?
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 25—In the early 1990s, there was a growing recognition of the need for patient-reported outcome measures for musculoskeletal conditions and injuries affecting the upper limb—the arm, shoulder or hand. That was why a team at the Institute for Work & Health and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons developed the DASH Outcome Measure. Twenty years later, the DASH is used across the world in more than 50 languages. Its impact is felt in both research and clinical settings. In this video, DASH developers talk about why they think it's stood the test of time.
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 Science. The 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.