Research Project Summary

Year Funded: 2013 Budget: Funding Agency: Manitoba Workers Compensation Board
Title: Synthesizing Occupational Health and Safety Knowledge for Local Stakeholders (IWH Project 3170)
Category: Transferring Research Knowledge to the Workplace
Subcategory: Transferring Research
Keywords: systematic review, knowledge translation
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We will develop and test an innovative methodology for synthesizing current scientific knowledge and tailoring it for use in specific provincial and local contexts. The methodology will combine features of the approach used by the ‘Contextualized Health Research Synthesis Program’ (CHRSP) at the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research (NLCAHR) with the systematic review techniques and synthesis reports pioneered by the Systematic Review Program at IWH. In addition to developing an innovative set of methods suitable for OHS stakeholders in MB and other similar jurisdictions, the project will produce a handbook on this approach and a sample knowledge synthesis on a topic selected by the MB Stakeholder Advisory Panel and contextualized for the specific resources, capacities, and challenges of the province. The methodology will also be transferred to end users in Newfoundland and Labrador and Ontario through a set of end-of-project webinars.


• To produce a practical and relatively inexpensive way for OHS stakeholders in MB, as well as in other provinces, to develop increased research synthesis capacity
• To enhance the utilization of current knowledge about the causation, prevention, and treatment of occupational injuries and diseases tailored to the context of the province’s industries, workplaces, and compensation system.

Anticipated Results:

The results of this project will be of interest to workplaces and employers, as well as the compensation system and workers compensation boards.


Emma Irvin, Ron Saunders, Dwayne Van Eerd, S Bornstein, S Passmore, R Kean, S Johnson