At Work 102 (Fall 2020)

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All At Work articles about research findings can now be found in the Publications & Resources, on the Plain-language summaries page. At Work articles about events, initiatives, appointments and awards can be found in the News & Events section, on the What’s New page.

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Adequacy of COVID infection control and PPE linked to workers’ mental health: study

Workers who felt safe at their physical work sites had better mental health than workers who felt workplace COVID-19 safety practices were inadequate, according to a study conducted by IWH and OHCOW at the start of the COVID-19 emergency.
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Rapid COVID-19 testing a potential game-changer in worker protection

Despite some limitations, rapid antigen detection tests may be important in the next phase of our response to this virus—including in work settings, writes IWH president Dr. Cam Mustard.
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Depressive symptoms in people with arthritis linked to lower employment rates

Research has shown that people with arthritis face difficulties finding work and staying at work. Now, a new study finds that when people with arthritis also have depressive symptoms, the risks of work disability are even greater.
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COVID-19: Challenges and opportunities in OHS and social security highlighted at global session

In early October, the global community of OHS and social security policy-makers gathered virtually to discuss challenges and lessons learned as countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic emergency. Despite the diversity of their experiences, many common themes emerged.
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Cochrane back group earns high praise for its rigorous systematic reviews

Recent assessments of low-back pain research have give high marks to Cochrane Back and Neck systematic reviews, citing rigorous methods.
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Socioeconomic gaps in early mortality widening over two decades: study

Although death rates have fallen across all socioeconomic groups in Canada, inequalities in early death (death before the age of 75) have widened between people with the highest and lowest earnings and education levels over 25 years, a new study has found.
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IWH Updates - Fall 2020

IWH scientist recognized by pain society ~ IWH research associate wins presentation award ~ Institute welcomes three new adjunct scientists