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Factors Affecting Return to Work Following Low-Back Pain

February 22, 2013 - 11:00am PST, 2:00pm EST
Recorded in February, 2013


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Low-back pain is a very prominent issue in the workplace. It can affect individuals work abilities and can hinder them from easy return-to-work. 

Dr. Steenstra discusses this important topic in regards to his research on factors that can influence people's return-to-work with low-back pain.  

During this webinar, attendees will learn:

  • The factors that do and do not influence the likelihood of returning to work after being off the job due to acute low-back pain
  • What health-care professionals think is important in return to work—and if it aligns with what the research is telling us
  • What can be done to improve return-to-work outcomes among people with acute low-back pain


Dr. Ivan Steenstra is an associate scientist at the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) in Toronto, Ontario. Dr. Steenstra hails from The Netherlands, where he earned his PhD from the Department of Public and Occupational Health at the Vrije Universiteit Medical Center in Amsterdam and worked as a human movement specialist (a combination of kinesiology and work-health psychology). He left The Netherlands to accept IWH’s Mustard Fellowship in Work Environment and Health (2006-2008), after which he joined the Institute’s research staff. Steenstra’s research interests focus on return to work and low-back pain, with an emphasis on predicting the duration of low-back pain and tailoring interventions to achieve a fast and safe return to work.

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