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IWH News

July 2015

PREMUS 2016 call for abstracts open

Spread the word. In less than a year, researchers and practitioners specializing in work-related musculoskeletal disorders will converge in Toronto. PREMUS 2016—the 9th International Scientific Conference on the Prevention of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders—will be held June 20 to 23, 2016. The call for presentation, poster and symposium proposals is now open until October 30. Don’t delay—submit your abstracts now.

Find out how

Looking for research on mental health at work? Try our new topic page

What do we know about the link between mental health, work injury and return to work? What are some workplace characteristics that have been shown to lead to depressive symptoms? IWH has done research touching on several issues related to workplace mental health. Those findings are now easier to find on our new Mental Health at Work topic page.

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Save the date: Former WSIB executive Judy Geary is 2015 Nachemson speaker

During her 33 years at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), retired executive Judy Geary showed a steadfast belief in the value of using research evidence to inform policy-making. On October 29, she will share her insights at the annual Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture, a premier networking event for policy-makers, researchers, professionals, advocates and other stakeholders in work injury and disability prevention.

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E-mail, how-tos, gov't sources some of info preferences in OHS, disability management

Practitioners in occupational health and safety (OHS) and disability management prefer getting information in the form of summaries and how-to guides—preferably via websites and e-mail, and from a variety of sources including government bodies and trade media. That’s some of what you told us in the IWH communications survey this spring. Your input will help shape how we bring you information about work injury, illness and disability prevention. Of course, as a research institute, we can’t help but want to share what we found. A slide deck of the survey results is now available on our website.

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What the literature says about clinical decision support tools for treating MSDs

Many checklists and questionnaires are out there to help front-line clinicians make challenging decisions about therapies for injured workers with disabling musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). But what’s the evidence behind these clinical decision support tools? IWH Associate Scientist Dr. Ivan Steenstra was on a team that looked into the research literature on these tools. He recently shared his findings in a plenary, a slidecast of which is now available.

Watch it now

For more information, please contact

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

Uyen Vu
Communications Associate

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