A quarterly publication of the Institute for Work & health

At Work

Issue 65

Summer 2011

In this issue

Lead The "watchful dose": Supporting doctors in the effort to reduce the harms of opioid prescribing

An associate scientist from the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) led the creation of the innovative and easy-to-use Opioid Manager. It is designed to help doctors facilitate safe opioid use among patients seeking relief from chronic non-cancer pain, including those recovering from work injuries.

Standard article The quest for greater flexibility: Creative innovations for workers with arthritis

Arthritis is a leading cause of disability among adults, and it often affects them in the prime of their career. How it’s approached in the workplace can make all the difference, according to a new study by an adjunct scientist at the Institute for Work & Health.

Standard article Tapping the tree of knowledge: How Jane Gibson bridged the research-to-action gap

After a decade of leadership, Jane Brenneman Gibson is retiring this summer. She championed the knowledge transfer and exchange department at the Institute for Work & Health from its infancy to its current state: a leader in the field.

Standard article Systematic review looks for KTE evaluation tools

Few well-developed instruments are available to evaluate the implementation and impact of knowledge transfer and exchange (KTE) practices. However, some KTE evaluation instruments do hold promise. These are among the key messages stemming from a systematic review led by the Institute for Work & Health.

Standard article How workplace policies affect return to work

Organizational policies and practices play a role in whether or not injured workers will return to work and if they will perform well once back at work. A new study from the Institute for Work & Health not only demonstrates this, but also helps explain why.

Standard article The power of positive thinking: More evidence on patient expectations and return to work

Recent research from the Institute for Work & Health reinforces evidence that patients who are optimistic about recovery following an injury will actually recover and return to work faster than patients who are less optimistic— a finding that should be recognized in case management decisions.

What researchers mean by... blinding

If you’ve done a taste test and selected ‘Cola X’ over ‘Cola Y,’ then you’ve already experienced what scientists call “blinding.”

News IWH News

  • Another successful SAC meeting
  • Hold the date: Nachemson Memorial Lecture coming this October