Research Project Summary

Year Funded: 2010 Budget: Funding Agency: Institute for Work & Health (IWH), Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario
Title: OHS Economic Evaluation Resource Needs for the Health Care Sector in Ontario (IWH Project 1200)
Category: Transferring Research Knowledge to the Workplace
Subcategory: Transferring Research
Keywords: economic evaluation, cost benefit, health care, occupational health and safety
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This research is a developmental project aimed at identifying the best way to advance evidence-based occupational health and safety (OHS) resource allocation decision-making in the healthcare sector in Ontario. The full research project to follow from this development work will be economic evaluation tools and training development in the area of economic evaluation of OHS programs. Such initiatives will assist healthcare decision makers with identifying the most effective and efficient ways to protect the health of their workers.


The goal of this project is:
• to identify the best way to advance evidence-based OHS resource allocation decision making in the Ontario healthcare sector; undertake an environmental scan and needs assessment.

Anticipated Results:

This research will be of interest to the WSIB, the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, decision makers in healthcare organizations in Ontario, and the Public Services Health & Safety Association.


Emile Tompa, Cameron Mustard, Benjamin C. Amick (Institute for Work & Health), Carolyn S. Dewa (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health), Laurel [Laurie] A. Clune (Ryerson University)