A quarterly publication of the Institute for Work & health

At Work

Issue 46

Fall 2006

In this issue

Standard article Reviews show ergonomics’ role in MSD prevention

How effectively do ergonomic interventions prevent or reduce work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)? What role does ergonomics play in alleviating complaints in office workers, such as shoulder pain or eye discomfort? These are just some of the questions that have interested researchers at the Institute for Work & Health. As part of the Institute’s systematic review program, researchers have been involved in three reviews with an ergonomic focus.

Standard article Doctors’ network promotes back pain evidence among peers

A network of 200 Ontario physicians has been learning the most recent evidence on back pain treatment. The question now is whether they effectively influence peers to change their practice – and whether the network can be maintained over time.

Standard article IWH research adds to body of knowledge on MSDs

It wasn’t always evident that changing a worker’s posture or reducing time on certain tasks could prevent painful soft-tissue disorders. Over the past two decades, these connections have been established through research. The Institute for Work & Health (IWH) has contributed significantly to this body of knowledge about musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

Standard article Centre links MSD researchers from many disciplines

The number of researchers studying the prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) is limited. This is why one goal of the Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD)* is to strengthen collaborations in this field. IWH scientists are involved with several projects co-ordinated through the centre.

In Focus What works to reduce the burden of workplace MSDs?

Back pain. Shoulder pain. Elbow pain. These types of problems are often sustained by workers on the job, and can account for many days off work, years of reduced income and high workers’ compensation costs. The burden of these musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) is significant for workers, employees and society at large. What do we know about what works in reducing this burden? Dr. Barbara Silverstein tackled this question during the Institute for Work & Health’s (IWH’s) 2006 Alf Nachemson Lecture.

What researchers mean by... absolute and relative risk

When a doctor says that a woman has a 15 per cent risk of developing a particular cancer over a lifetime, or a new drug can reduce the risk of heart disease by 20 per cent over an old drug, what exactly does that mean?

Lead Health, safety partners make MSD prevention a priority

Ontario’s workplace health and safety system is taking a big step forward in how it addresses musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). It has recognized the need to make MSD prevention a priority for all system partners and all workplaces in Ontario.

News IWH News

  • Chief Scientist’s term ends
  • New Scientific Director appointed
  • SAC Chair named Royal Fellow
  • Syme Fellowships awarded
  • New Back Review Group editor
  • Minister’s youth group formed