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

ECHO OEM: Piloting a telementoring program in occupational and environmental medicine

Research team: Andrea Furlan (PI), Anil Adisesh (PI), Nancy Carnide, Shireen Harbin, Emma Irvin, Sara Macdonald, Behdin Nowrouzi-Kia, Colette Severin, Peter Smith,


ECHO PSP: Piloting the use of the ECHO model to promote recovery and return-to-work among public safety personnel in Ontario

Research team: Andrea Furlan (PI), Nadia Aleem (PI), Shireen Harbin, Emma Irvin, Colette Severin, Emile Tompa, Dwayne Van Eerd


First Responder Mental Health Treatment Services: Formative evaluation of a pilot program

Research team: Cameron Mustard (PI), Walter Wodchis (PI), Kathleen Dobson, Basak Yanar, Leslie Vesely, Gingin Chien


Ontario Life After Work Injury Study: Cannabis use and long-term recovery and return-to-work outcomes among Ontario injured workers

Research team: Nancy Carnide (PI), Peter Smith (PI), Andrea Furlan, Sara Macdonald, Shawna Meister, Cameron Mustard, Stephanie Premji, Colette Severin, Tiffany Turnbull


Opioid-related harms among Ontario workers: a surveillance tool

Research team: Nancy Carnide (PI), Paul Demers (PI), Nathan Debono, Andrea Furlan, Sara Macdonald


Prognostic factors for time away from work among workers with chronic low-back pain: a systematic review update

Research team: Ivan Steenstra (PI), Sheilah Hogg-Johnson, Emma Irvin, Quenby Mahood, Claire Munhall, Dwayne Van Eerd, Nelson Oranye, Steve Passmore

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

Strategies to support the appropriate use of prescription opioids: a systematic review

Research team: Andrea Furlan (PI), Nancy Carnide, Emma Irvin, Jaemin Kim, Quenby Mahood, Sara Macdonald, Claire Munhall, Dwayne Van Eerd, Amy Porath-Waller, Anita Srivastava, Tom Girling, Heather Divine, Norman Buckley, Marty McLeod, Trevagi Satkunendran, Dianne Vermilyea, Jennifer Fillingham, Heather Dickinson, Amol Deshpande, Hanan Abramovici, J.W. Melenchuk, Rabiea Haider, Ian Goldstein, Michael Parkinson, Reggie Caverson

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

Prognostic factors for workers' time away from work due to acute low-back pain: a systematic review update

Research team: Ivan Steenstra (PI), Emma Irvin, Quenby Mahood, Sheilah Hogg-Johnson, Martijn W. Heymans

Completed 2011