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Return to work and Union roles – Coordinator perspectives

Posted on: February 2nd, 2022 by Ellen MacEachen

Congratulations to lab members Pam Hopwood, Megan Crouch and Ellen MacEachen, for the following article:

Return-to-work processes can be complex, with different involved actors seeing things in different ways. This paper considers how union representatives impacted return-to-work (RTW) processes, through the views of union representatives and other RTW coordinators. We draw on standpoint approach to explore the different perspectives of union members and other stakeholders involved in the RTW process.



Just published: Self-employment review

Posted on: December 1st, 2021 by Ellen MacEachen

Little is known about how Self Employed (SE) workers are supported when they are unable to work due to illness, injury, and disability. Our paper critically reviews peer-reviewed literature focusing on advanced economies to understand how SE’d workers navigate, experience, or manage their injuries and illness when unable to work. We conducted a systematic search and screening, identifying 18 relevant articles that we critically examined and synthesized.

We found the work and health needs of different kinds of SE’d workers, taking into consideration class, gender, sector, and gig workers, are not distinguished. Many articles noted poor social security system supports. Drawing on a social justice lens, we argue that SE’d workers make significant economic contributions, and are deserving of support from social security systems when ill or injured.

Khan, T. H., MacEachen, E., Hopwood, P., & Goyal, J. (2021). Self-employment, work and health: A critical narrative review. Work (Reading, Mass.), 10.3233/WOR-213614. Advance online publication.

Congratulations Tauhid, Professor MacEachen, Pam and Julia!



Mental Health and Return to Work strategies guide now available

Posted on: May 29th, 2020 by Ellen MacEachen

We are delighted to announce a new return-to-work resource, “Roadblocks and Alternate Routes: Practical Strategies for Managing Return to Work and Mental Health”. This evidence-based resource is grounded in our recent research study of RTW coordinators’ experiences. The guide contains suggestions for meeting challenges that arise during RTW, and is available here free of charge: 






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.