When workers return to work after an injury, it may not mean that they have fully recovered, a new Institute for Work & Health study suggests. Researchers interviewed 632 workers with lost-time claims for work-related musculoskeletal injuries of the back or upper body.
Ontario’s Health and Safety Associations (HSAs) may soon take a more active role in educating their clients in work disability prevention and return to work, which is also known as secondary prevention.
Dr. Ellen MacEachen, Dr. Agnieszka Kosny, Sue Ferrier and Lori Chambers from the Institute for Work & Health try to understand the factors that led to long-term or prolonged claims by interviewing injured workers, peer supporters and service providers from across Ontario.
If you were a busy practitioner seeking information on managing back pain, where would you turn: a blog by a person describing her experiences, a fact sheet from a reputable hospital, a research study in a scientific journal or a tabloid newspaper article?