Although workplace injury rates have declined in recent years across Canada, workers are still hurt on the job every day. Finding innovative methods to prevent injuries continues to be a priority. One approach that shows great promise is when organizations adopt practices to strengthen their safety climate.
Several major Canadian firms have joined a collaborative to create benchmarks of their disability management approaches, with the goal of improving practices and saving money. The collaborative, which builds on the success of a similar American initiative, is based at the Institute for Work & Health.
It is a well-established fact that health-care workers face a higher risk than other workers of developing painful musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), which affect muscles, tendons, nerves or other soft tissues. In health-care workers, back pain is one of the most common MSDs.
Canadian nurses report higher rates of back pain and physical demands at work, compared with the general working population. These findings emerged from a landmark survey released in December 2006 by Statistics Canada, the Canadian Institute for Health Information and Health Canada.
When making decisions that affect many people, policy-makers, clinicians and other decision-makers may turn to research to help inform their choices. Single studies on a topic do provide some information. However, to increase confidence in their decisions, it is better to look at all of the available research. This is where a meta-analysis can help.