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

Accommodating and Communicating about Episodic Disabilities (ACED): A partnership to deliver workplace resources to sustain employment of people with chronic, episodic conditions

Research team: Monique Gignac (PI), Dorcas Beaton, Julie Bowring, Curtis Breslin, Emma Irvin, Arif Jetha, Ron Saunders, Peter Smith, Emile Tompa, Dwayne Van Eerd, Renée-Louise Franche, Joy MacDermid, William Shaw, Aaron Thompson


Best practices for work disability prevention management systems: a scoping review in support of new Canadian standard

Research team: Emile Tompa (PI), Emma Irvin, Quenby Mahood, Amin Yazdani


Conceal or reveal? Facilitators and barriers to older workers' communication of accommodation needs

Research team: Monique Gignac (PI), Arif Jetha, Agnieszka Kosny, Vicki Kristman, Jill Cameron


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: Emma Irvin (PI), Quenby Mahood, Kathy Padkapayeva, Emile Tompa, Heather Johnston, Maureen Haan, Rebecca Gewurtz, Dan Samosh


Getting the message right: strengthening RTW communication in B.C.'s health-care sector

Research team: Arif Jetha (PI), Monique Gignac, Cameron Mustard, Catherine Backman


Preventing work disability among millennial young adults with rheumatic disease

Research team: Arif Jetha (PI), Julie Bowring, Monique Gignac, Catherine Backman, Vicki Kristman, Lori Tucker


Role of accommodations and communication practices in supporting the employment participation of Canadians living with disabilities

Research team: Monique Gignac (PI), Arif Jetha (PI), Julie Bowring


Strengthening disability management in Ontario’s municipal sector

Research team: Cameron Mustard, Arif Jetha, Agnieszka Kosny, Morgan Lay, Christopher McLeod, Lynda Robson, Basak Yanar


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


Understanding why gender and age differences exist in RTW outcomes following a musculoskeletal injury

Research team: Peter Smith (PI), Sheilah Hogg-Johnson, Cameron Mustard


Supporting the employment participation of Canadian young adults with chronic conditions: a systematic review

Research team: Arif Jetha (PI)

Completed 2019

Understanding the employment needs and experiences of baby boomers with arthritis and diabetes

Research team: Monique Gignac (PI), Dorcas Beaton, Vicki Kristman, Cameron Mustard, Peter Smith, Elizabeth Badley

Completed 2019

Effectiveness of workplace-based return-to-work programs: a systematic review update

Research team: Emma Irvin (PI), Ben Amick, Caroline Cawley, Kim Cullen, Sheilah Hogg-Johnson, Agnieszka Kosny, Vicki Kristman, Quenby Mahood, Ron Saunders, Dwayne Van Eerd, Alex Collie, Sharon Newman, Andrew Palagyi, Rasa Ruseckaite, Swati Shourie, Ulrik Gensby, Paul Jennings, Diane Sheppard, Marie Laberge

Completed 2017

Identifying and implementing current practices in supporting workers with depression

Research team: Dwayne Van Eerd (PI), Kim Cullen (PI), Siobhan Cardoso, Emma Irvin, Monique Gignac, Morgane Le Pouésard, Quenby Mahood, Anita Dubey, Judy Geary

Completed 2017

Policies and practices on the accommodation of people with visible disabilities in the workplace

Research team: Emile Tompa (PI), Quenby Mahood, Kathy Padkapayeva, Alexis Buettgen, Andrew Posen, Amin Yazdani

Completed 2017

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

Role of aging in return to work and stay at work: a systematic review

Research team: Ivan Steenstra, Dorcas Beaton, Kim Cullen, Monique Gignac, Emma Irvin, Amin Yazdani, Patrick Loisel, Greg McIntosh, Glenn Pransky, Martine Puts, Ross Wilkie

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

Synthesizing and tailoring OHS knowledge for use in specific provincial and local contexts

Research team: Emma Irvin (PI), Stephen Bornstein (PI), Kim Cullen, Ron Saunders, Dwayne Van Eerd, Amanda Butt, Leslie Johnson, Steve Passmore

Completed 2017

Understanding employment transitions among people living with arthritis across the life course

Research team: Arif Jetha (PI), Monique Gignac, Catherine Connelly, Kathleen Martin Ginis, Sean Tucker

Completed 2017

Measuring the impact of an organizational change initiative to reduce work disability in an acute-care hospital

Research team: Cameron Mustard, Ben Amick, Dwayne Van Eerd, Marni Lifshen, Andrea Chambers

Completed 2016

Effectiveness of interventions to address depression in the workplace: a systematic review

Research team: Andrea Furlan (PI), William Gnam, Nancy Carnide, Emma Irvin, Ben Amick, Kelly DeRango, Robert McMaster, Kim Cullen, Tesha Slack, Sandra Brouwer, Ute Bűltmann

Completed 2011

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

Effectiveness of injury/illness prevention and loss control programs: a systematic review

Research team: Shelley Brewer (PI), Eden King, Ben Amick, George Delclos, Jerome Spear, Emma Irvin, Quenby Mahood, Linda Lee, Cindy Lewis, Lois Tetrick, David Gimeno, Renee Williams

Completed 2007