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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



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: 






Waterloo GRADflix Event

Posted on: January 16th, 2020 by Ellen MacEachen

Congratulations to Work & Qualitative Health Research Lab MSc student, Pamela Hopwood for being a finalist in the University of Waterloo’s GRADflix event, in which graduate students present one-minute videos of their theses (see Pam’s video here). Pam was well cheered on by her lab-mates and she drew the first audience question about her work. It was a great event!






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.