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March 2014

IWH senior scientist recognized in award from injured workers

Congratulations to Institute for Work & Health (IWH) Senior Scientist Dr. Ellen MacEachen, this year’s recipient of the Philip Biggin Memorial Award. Presented by Injured Worker Outreach Services (IWOS) in partnership with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) and the Building & Construction Trades Council of Ontario, the award recognizes individuals and organizations for their exceptional contributions to injured workers in Ontario. In selecting MacEachen, the award team cited her “scientific studies which have helped the WSIB to make changes.” MacEachen will be presented the award on April 30 at an IWOS meeting.

Read about her work on complex claims, vocational rehabilitation and temporary agency workers

Shorter tool helps identify RTW support needed for low-back pain patients

A research team including IWH Associate Scientist Dr. Ivan Steenstra was able to shorten a psychosocial screening questionnaire and still successfully spot those with low-back pain at high risk of not returning to work (RTW). The shorter tool, called Pain Recovery Inventory of Concerns and Expectations (PRICE), also helps clinicians determine what extra help—such as counselling or employer support—their patients might need to recover quickly.

Read the research summary

Wonder what the OWA is all about? Learn first-hand from its director

Ontario’s Office of the Worker Adviser (OWA) provides free and confidential services to 10,000 non-unionized workers every year on matters related to workers’ compensation and health and safety reprisals. In a recent IWH plenary, director Alec Farquhar talks about the OWA’s services, partnerships, successes and challenges.

Listen to the slidecast

Rollout of safety-engineered needles offers lessons in regulatory implementation

In 2007, Ontario introduced a regulation requiring health-care employers to replace conventional needles with safer alternatives. An IWH study looks at how three hospitals responded and what lessons can be learned about the factors for implementation success.

Read the article and the full report

Spring 2014 Systematic Review Workshop now open for registration

Sign up now for IWH’s popular three-day workshop on systematic reviews. The workshop is designed to teach clinicians, researchers and decision-makers how to plan, conduct and communicate the findings of a systematic review. The Spring 2014 workshop is taking place April 30 to May 2.

Register for the workshop

For more information, please contact

Cindy Moser
Communications Manager
416-927-2027, ext. 2183

Uyen Vu
Communications Associate
416-927-2027, ext. 2176

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