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An important component of our rehabilitation centre is research.
We regularly partner with other institutions to broaden our
knowledge of occupational rehabilitation topics.
Following are some recent research initiatives:
- A WorkSafeNB occupational therapist co-authored a research
study that was published in the Scandinavian Journal of
Occupational Therapy. This research laid the groundwork for a
new research project currently underway with Dalhousie University
on The utilization and development of the Assessment of Motor
and Process Skills (AMPS) in vocational settings: Expanding the use
of a performance-based occupational therapy measurement tool.
Within this study, AMPS activities of daily living motor and
process ability measures are being used to determine a client's
ability to safely return to work. Further, a small set of new
vocational AMPS tasks will be determined and validated as part of
the standardized AMPS tasks.
- In March 2014, Insomnia in clients with chronic, work-related
musculoskeletal pain in a work recovery rehabilitation program was
published in WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and
Rehabilitation. The research was a collaboration between Dalhousie
University and staff of the Work Recovery Program. The objective of
the research was to explore chronic pain patients’ primary sleep
problems and compare measures of sleep disturbance prior to entry
into a six week work recovery rehabilitation program and upon its
completion. Conclusions: The evolution of care for chronic
pain has moved to interdisciplinary approaches, and when possible,
earlier intervention. Because sleep disturbance is prevalent
and has such a strong impact on the individual’s daytime
functioning, interventions directed at sleep restriction and
stimulus control should complement chronic pain rehabilitation
programs to impact the cyclicity of the complex interactions among
sleep and chronic pain.
- In June 2007, the WRC began a collaborative research project on
the Insomnia Intervention Program with Dalhousie
University. The objective is to better understand the nature of an
injured worker's sleep complaints and to develop an assessment,
intervention and follow-up tool to help the injured worker sleep
better. Research was conducted and completed with a control sample
using clients in the Work Recovery Program.