Monthly news and research findings from the Institute for Work & Health

IWH News

February 2015

Workers with arthritis need support, but only some of the time, study finds

A study by the Institute for Work & Health takes a closer look at the benefits and accommodations available to workers with arthritis. Which do they use? And what difference does access to these work support programs make to job disruption, productivity loss and other work outcomes?

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IWH’s scientist now on executive of
world body for rheumatology research

IWH Scientist Dr. Dorcas Beaton has been named to the executive of OMERACT, an international organization that strives to improve and standardize the measurement and interpretation of outcomes in rheumatology research. She has also helped lead the group at OMERACT that standardizes measures for work productivity among people with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and other rheumatic diseases.

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How independent medical assessments fit into workers’ compensation systems

What role do independent medical assessments play in workers’ compensation systems? In a recent plenary, IWH Scientist Dr. Agnieszka Kosny shared her study of 14 workers’ compensation agencies. She discussed common challenges around the use of independent assessors—including recruitment, oversight and perception of bias—and shared ideas on ways to address them.

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Exploring community awareness and its importance in prompting action

What motivates employers to take steps to reduce worker exposure to hazards? A project by the Occupational Cancer Research Centre, in partnership with the Centre for Research Excellence in Occupational Disease and Laurentian University, explores the process from awareness to action—and the role of community pressure.

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Finding the way to excellence: A conference on preventing MSDs

Learn how organizations have dealt with barriers on their road to excellence in the prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). In a one-day conference on March 9, hosted by the Centre for Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD), participants will share interventions, programs and practices that have prevented or reduced MSD hazards, and how they’ve overcome obstacles along the way.

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International RSI Awareness Day an opportunity to spread the message

On February 28, raise awareness in your workplace and community about repetitive strain injuries (RSIs). Help spread the message about preventing and reducing work-related musculoskeletal disorders with IWH research and evidence-based tools.

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For more information, please contact

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

Uyen Vu
Communications Associate

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