Project directory

The project directory includes Institute for Work & Health (IWH) research studies that were initiated in 2015 onward (as well as a few large studies that were ongoing in 2015). The directory also includes studies conducted under IWH’s Systematic Review Program since it began in 2005. For information on Institute studies initiated before 2015, see our Accomplishments Reports. Studies are either ongoing or completed. Ongoing studies are listed in alphabetical order. Completed studies are listed by year of completion, beginning with the most recently completed.

Project title Status

Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy: Envisioning the future of disability policy in Canada

Research team: Emile Tompa (PI), Arif Jetha, Dan Samosh, Sabrina Imam, Kathy Padkapayeva


Cost to Canadians of excluding people with disabilities from the labour market

Research team: Emile Tompa (PI), Young Jung


Financial incentives to promote employment of people with disabilities: when and how they work best

Research team: Emile Tompa (PI), Rebecca Gewurtz (PI), Emma Irvin (PI), Heather Johnston, Cindy Moser, Kathy Padkapayeva, Dan Samosh


Ontario Life After Work Injury Study: Understanding the long-term recovery and labour market outcomes of injured workers in Ontario

Research team: Cameron Mustard (PI), Nancy Carnide, Colette Severin, Peter Smith, Emile Tompa


Tracking long-term outcomes of injured workers in Ontario to better target supports

Research team: Emile Tompa (PI), Qing Liao, Cameron Mustard, Ron Saunders


What is the extent and nature of claim suppression in British Columbia?

Research team: Ron Saunders (PI), John O'Grady, Cameron Mustard

Completed 2021

Inter-jurisdictional comparison of OHS and workers’ compensation system performance

Research team: Christopher McLeod, Ben Amick, Sheilah Hogg-Johnson, Cameron Mustard, Peter Smith, Alex Collie, Mieke Koehoorn, Allen Kraut

Completed 2020

Extended working life and its interaction with health, wellbeing and quality of life: a multi-country initiative (THRIVE)

Research team: Cameron Mustard (PI), Emile Tompa

Completed 2019

System-based return-to-work and disability management interventions: a systematic review

Research team: Kim Cullen (PI), Emma Irvin (PI), Morgane Le Pouésard, Dwayne Van Eerd, Ben Amick, Siobhan Cardoso, Quenby Mahood, Ron Saunders, Judy Geary, Ulrik Gensby

Completed 2019

Understanding the relationship between osteoarthritis and work: a systematic review

Research team: Monique Gignac (PI), Emma Irvin (PI), Kim Cullen, Dorcas Beaton, Quenby Mahood, Dwayne Van Eerd, Catherine Backman, Christopher McLeod

Completed 2018

Analyzing the adequacy of benefits among workers’ compensation claimants in Ontario, 1999-2005

Research team: Emile Tompa (PI), Qing Liao, Cameron Mustard, Ron Saunders

Completed 2017

Providing research evidence for WHO guideline on rehabilitation services

Research team: Andrea Furlan (PI), Dorcas Beaton, Cynthia Chen, Mary Cicinelli, Jocelyn Dollack, Emma Irvin, Carol Kennedy-Yee, Quenby Mahood, Claire Munhall, Mark Bayley, Rohit Bhide, Alicia Costante, C Borkhoff, Shivang Danak, John Flannery, Laura Fullerton, Stanislav Marchenko, M Sachdeva, Gaetan Tardif, Judy David, Robert McMaster, Mario Giraldo-Prieto

Completed 2017

Role of health-care providers in the workers’ compensation system and return-to-work process

Research team: Agnieszka Kosny (PI), Dorcas Beaton, Andrea Furlan, Marni Lifshen, Basak Yanar, Juliette Cooper, Mieke Koehoorn, Ellen MacEachen, Barbara Neis

Completed 2017

Understanding the use and impact of early opioid prescriptions for work-related low-back pain

Research team: Sheilah Hogg-Johnson (PI), Nancy Carnide, Andrea Furlan, Hyunmi Lee, Pierre Côté, Mieke Koehoorn

Completed 2017