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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.

Research initiatives
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.

 







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