Measuring the impact of an organizational change initiative to reduce work disability in an acute-care hospital
Reasons for the study
The burden of disabling musculoskeletal pain arising from work-related causes among workers in many health-care settings is substantial. In 2011, senior management and union representatives at Niagara Health (NH) began implementing a three-year organizational change plan designed to reduce the burden of work-related injury and illness, improve return-to-work and disability management practices, and strengthen safety culture. The Institute for Work & Health supported the project by evaluating the impact of this three-year plan.
Objectives of the study
- To compare workers’ compensation claims rates and duration at NH to a peer group of hospitals in Ontario’s health system before and after the initiation of the change plan
- To conduct annual surveys of NH staff examining disability management processes and experiences
- To conduct two detailed case studies of the organizational change process, using both qualitative and quantitative research methods
Related scientific publications
- Mustard C, Skivington K, Lay M, Lifshen M, Etches J, Chambers A. Implementation of a disability management policy in a large healthcare employer: a quasi-experimental, mixed-methods evaluation. BMJ Open. 2017;7(6):e014734. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-014734.
- Skivington K, Lifshen M, Mustard C. Implementing a collaborative return-to-work program: lessons from a qualitative study in a large Canadian healthcare organization. Work. 2016;55(3):613. doi:10.3233/WOR-162437.
Related interviews and articles
- Collaborative return-to-work program helps hospital lower injury claims, duration: study. At Work: Institute for Work & Health; No. 93, Summer 2018.
- Monitoring progress key in implementing return-to-work program: IWH study. At Work: Institute for Work & Health; No. 84, Spring 2016.
Ontario Nurses’ Association
Ontario Public Service Employees Union
Service Employees International Union
Occupational Disability Response Team of the Ontario Federation of Labour
Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers
Public Services Health and Safety Association
Canadian Institutes of Health Research