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Research Talk

Posted on: November 12th, 2021 by Ellen MacEachen

Please join Dr. Ellen MacEachen at the University of Waterloo Research Talks “The workplace revolution: Envisioning the future of employment” on November 22, 2021 at 11:45 a.m. EST. Registration for this online event can be accessed at:

Dr. MacEachen will be presenting research from a CIHR-funded study conducted with co-Investigators Dr. Samantha Meyer and Dr. Shannon Majowickz. The study investigated the occupational and public health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic for digital platform couriers.



CAWLS conference presentations 2021

Posted on: June 3rd, 2021 by Ellen MacEachen

Congratulations to the four Work and Qualitative Health Research Lab members who presented at the Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies conferenceLabour activism, mobility, and marginalization in a time of precarity hosted at Congress 2021

Tauhid Khan – Self-employment and Social Supports in Canada and Australia: A Comparative Policy Analysis

Joyceline Amoako – Exploring the Impacts of Precarious Work and Family Caregiving on the Health of African Immigrant Women Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic in Ontario, Canada

Sharanya Varatharajan – Health Privacy During Return-towork Management: A Critical Realist Grounded Perspective of the Experiences of Return-to-work Management Stakeholders in Canada

Pamela Hopwood – Return to Work for Ill and Injured Workers: Coordinator Perspectives of Union Involvement



Recent publications

Posted on: October 6th, 2019 by Ellen MacEachen

We’re excited to share these 2019 articles authored with Work and Qualitative Health Research Lab fellow Dr. Anne Hudon and recent doctoral graduate, Dr. Sonja Senthanar


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Hudon, A., Lippel, K., & MacEachen, E. (2019). Mapping first-line health care providers’ roles, practices, and impacts on care for workers with compensable musculoskeletal disorders in four jurisdictions: A critical interpretive synthesis. American journal of industrial medicine, 62: 545558.

Abstract: First‐line health care providers are the primary access point for workers’ benefits. However, little is known about their impact on quality of care and return‐to‐work. Our objective was to critically compare literature on the practices of first‐line providers for workers with musculoskeletal injuries in Ontario and Quebec (Canada), Washington State (United States), and Victoria (Australia).

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Senthanar, S., MacEachen, E., & Lippel, K. (2019). Return to Work and Ripple Effects on Family of Precariously Employed Injured Workers. Journal of occupational rehabilitation, 1-12.

Abstract: Work injury and return to work processes can have adverse effects on injured workers and their families. Family members may experience increased workloads, role reversals, dissolution of marriages or changes in relationships with children, as well as financial strain from loss of income. How these associations interact when the injured worker is precariously employed, however, is unknown. The aim of this study was to explore the impacts of work-related injury or illness as well as subsequent compensation and return to work processes on families and relationships of precariously employed workers.

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Stay tuned – more publications forthcoming.