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Dwayne Van Eerd
MSc, Health Research Methodology, McMaster University
Artists and office workers would seem to have little in common as far as labour experiences go. But as Dwayne Van Eerd has learned, the health issues attached to these experiences can be the same.
“The potential for musculoskeletal injury is present in both groups of workers,” he says. “Writers, for example, spend a great deal of time at computers. Painters and musicians rely on repetitive arm movements. There are more similarities there than you might think.”
Upon getting his MSc in kinesiology, Van Eerd got his start in occupational health and safety research in a clinical setting, studying musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) of the upper body in musicians, painters, writers and other artists. Now an associate scientist with the Institute for Work & Health, he focuses primarily on the prevention of MSDs in office workers.
“MSDs affect a large segment of the working population,” he explains. “The information load is increasing everywhere, and there are more and more people working at computers all the time. It’s important that we understand and share information about MSDs.”
Van Eerd is an active participant in the Institute’s systematic review program, which enables him to analyze and share existing evidence on MSDs. “The systematic reviews are a great tool for communicating with our stakeholders,” he says. In future research, he hopes to conduct an evaluation of knowledge transfer and exchange strategies.
Van Eerd is enrolled in the doctoral program in Work and Health at the School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo.
Dwayne Van Eerd is an associate scientist at the Institute for Work & Health. He has both an MSc and BSc in kinesiology from the University of Waterloo and an MSc in health research methodology from McMaster University. He is currently enrolled in the doctoral program in Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo.
Involved in clinical work since 1990, Van Eerd has designed and implemented rehabilitation and ergonomic programs for injured workers. He has been a researcher with the Institute for Work & Health since 1997.
The focus of Van Eerd’s research has been on the classification and prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders. His research projects have included an exploration of the mechanical exposures involved in office work and the implementation of participatory interventions. Recently, Van Eerd has led or participated in a number of systematic reviews of the scientific literature addressing prevention of musculoskeletal disorders.
A systematic review of the quality and types of instruments used to assess KTE implementation
Methodological developments in systematic reviews
Participatory ergonomic tool dissemination
The measurement of work disability/disability at work
Development and evaluation of a computer-based training program to prevent and manage musculoskeletal injuries in computer-based work environments
Van Eerd D, Cote P, Kristman V, Rezai M, Hogg-Johnson S, Vidmar M, et al. The course of work absenteeism involving neck pain. A cohort study of Ontario lost-time claimants. Spine, 2011;36(12):977-82.
Van Eerd D, Cole D, Keown K, Irvin E, Kramer D, Gibson JB, et al. Report on knowledge transfer and exchange practices: A systematic review of the quality and types of instruments used to assess KTE implementation and impact. Toronto: Institute for Work & Health; 2011.
Beaton DE, Van Eerd D, Smith P, van der Velde G, Cullen K, Kennedy CA, et al. Minimal change is sensitive, less specific to recovery: a diagnostic testing approach to interpretability. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 2011;64(5):487-96.
Van Eerd D, Cole D, Irvin E, Mahood Q, Keown K, Theberge N, et al. Process and implementation of participatory ergonomic interventions: a systematic review. Ergonomics, 2010;53(10):1153-66.