A quarterly publication of the Institute for Work & health

At Work

Issue 43

Winter 2006

In this issue

Lead Too much treatment, too early after whiplash injury delays recovery

Whiplash patients who are treated too aggressively right after being injured may actually take longer to recover than those who get less treatment. That’s the conclusion of a recently published study by Institute Scientist Dr. Pierre Côté.

Standard article Systematic review finds little evidence in support of back belts

Is wearing a back belt really effective in preventing and/or reducing occupational low-back pain? According to a new systematic review by researchers at the Institute for Work & Health, there is limited evidence to support their use.

In Focus Institute scientists define and track precarious employment in Canada

Dr. Emile Tompa talks about how precarious employment can affect workers' health and well-being

Sidebar Precarious employment in the high-tech sector

Non-standard work arrangements have always existed in the service industry. But certain aspects of non-standard work are becoming common in the highly-paid, high- tech sector, too, according to Institute researcher Dr. Ellen MacEachen.

Sidebar The dimensions of precarious employment

What are the key features of precarious employment?

Researchers, including Institute Scientist Dr. Emile Tompa, have described the following “dimensions” of precariousness: