A quarterly publication of the Institute for Work & health

At Work

Issue 56

Spring 2009

In this issue

Lead IWH briefing explores business cycles and workers’ compensation

Through its publication Issue Briefing, the Institute for Work & Health provides research-based insights to policy-makers. A recently released briefing discusses the impact of today’s shrinking economy on workers’ compensation claim rates.

Standard article IWH disability benchmarking partnership helps workplaces improve outcomes, reduce costs

The Institute for Work and Health offers Workplace Disability Benchmarking — a research-based partnership that allows large employers and disability benefit trusts to measure, track and compare disability outcomes and identify program improvements that will protect employee health and the bottom line.

Standard article Evidence elusive on procedures used to help heal fractures

Do electromagnetic stimulation and low-intensity pulsed ultrasound accelerate the healing of broken bones? Despite their frequent use — to the tune of $500 million a year in North America — solid evidence confirming the effectiveness of these procedures remains elusive, according to two new systematic reviews.

Standard article Mental health and injured workers: Depressive symptoms linked to delayed work-returns

New research from the Institute for Work & Health indicates that depressive symptoms are pervasive among workers disabled by musculoskeletal disorders. For those whose symptoms persist, sustainable work-returns are less likely, and treatment by a mental health professional may be needed to improve recovery.

In Focus OHS management audits differ in what they assess and how

The nature and delivery of occupational health and safety (OHS) audits vary greatly. As a result, employers should determine why they are auditing and what they hope to find out when choosing an audit that best suits their needs.

What researchers mean by... missing data

Research data may have holes for a number of reasons — from questions left blank on a survey to people dropping out of a study. Sometimes the missing information matters; sometimes it doesn’t.

News IWH News

  • Scientists contribute to health policy book
  • Systematic review and measurement workshops coming up
  • Deadline approaching for fellowship applications