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

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

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 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

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

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

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

Breakthrough change: understanding why and how workplaces make large improvements in OHS performance

Research team: Lynda Robson (PI), Ben Amick, Siobhan Cardoso, Sheilah Hogg-Johnson, Cindy Moser, Kathy Padkapayeva, Michael Swift, Harriet South, Emile Tompa, Elizabeth Mansfield, Mark Pagell, Harry Shannon

Completed 2016

Developing a framework for understanding and measuring OHS vulnerability

Research team: Peter Smith (PI), Curtis Breslin, Basak Yanar, Morgan Lay, Marni Lifshen, Ron Saunders, Emile Tompa, Anthony LaMontagne

Completed 2016

Effective workplace interventions to prevent upper extremity disorders: a systematic review update

Research team: Dwayne Van Eerd (PI), Claire Munhall, Emma Irvin, Dave Rempel, Shelley Brewer, Allard van der Beek, Jack Dennerlein, Jessica Tullar, Kathryn Skivington, Clint Pinion, Ben Amick

Completed 2016

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

Ontario Leading Indicators Project

Research team: Ben Amick (PI), Sheilah Hogg-Johnson, Cameron Mustard, Lynda Robson, Peter Smith, Ivan Steenstra, Colette Severin, Michael Swift, Selahadin Ibrahim, Sara Macdonald

Completed 2015

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

Quality and types of instruments used to assess KTE implementation and impact: a systematic review

Research team: Dwayne Van Eerd, Donald Cole, Kiera Keown, Emma Irvin, Desre Kramer, Jane Brenneman Gibson, Melanie Kazman Kohn, Quenby Mahood, Tesha Slack, Ben Amick, David Phipps, John Garcia, Sara Morassaei

Completed 2011

Effectiveness of training and education for the protection of workers: a systematic review

Research team: Lynda Robson (PI), Carol Stephenson (PI), Paul Schulte, Ben Amick, Stella Chan, Amber Bielecky, Anna Wang, Terri Heidotting, Emma Irvin, Don Eggerth, Robert Peters, Judy Clarke, Kim Cullen, Lani Boldt, Cathy Rotunda, Paula Grubb

Completed 2010

Effectiveness and implementation of health and safety programs in small enterprises: a systematic review of quantitative and qualitative literature

Research team: Ellen MacEachen (PI), Curtis Breslin (PI), Natasha Kyle, Agnieszka Kosny, Philip Bigelow, Quenby Mahood, Krista Scott-Dixon, Sara Morassaei, Marcia Facey, Lori Chambers, Rachel Couban, Harry Shannon, Kim Cullen, Ben Amick

Completed 2008

Process and implementation of participatory ergonomics interventions: a systematic review

Research team: Dwayne Van Eerd (PI), Donald Cole, Emma Irvin, Quenby Mahood, Kiera Keown, Nancy Theberge, Judy Village, Marie St. Vincent, Kim Cullen, Heather Widdrington

Completed 2008

Role of workplace interventions to prevent upper extremity MSDs: a systematic review

Research team: Ben Amick (PI), Carol Kennedy, Jack Dennerlein, Shelley Brewer, Starly Catli, Renee Williams, Consol Serra, Fred Gerr, Emma Irvin, Quenby Mahood, Al Franzblau, Dwayne Van Eerd, Bradley Evanoff, Dave Rempel

Completed 2008

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

Occupational health and safety interventions with economic evaluations: a systematic review

Research team: Emile Tompa (PI), Roman Dolinschi, Claire de Oliveira, Emma Irvin

Completed 2007

Factors associated with occupational disease among young people: a systematic review

Research team: Curtis Breslin (PI), Doreen Day, Emile Tompa, Emma Irvin, Sudipa Bhattacharyya, Judy Clarke, Anna Wang, Mieke Koehoorn

Completed 2006

Interventions in health-care settings to protect musculoskeletal health: a systematic review

Research team: Ben Amick (PI), Jessica Tullar, Shelley Brewer, Emma Irvin, Quenby Mahood, Lisa Pompeii, Anna Wang, Dwayne Van Eerd, David Gimeno, Bradley Evanoff

Completed 2006