Mental Health and Quality of Life After a Work Injury Claim

Principal Investigator: Renée-Louise Franche

Co-Investigator: Nancy Carnide

Community Involvement: Nancy Carnide presented results of analyses examining the prevalence, incidence, course, and treatment of depressive symptoms in injured workers at the RAACWI Team Meeting held June 8, 2007.

Project Abstract: Work injury has been associated with significant negative health impacts as well as decreased participation in daily life activities. Deprived of the opportunity to engage in meaningful work, injured workers often experience a decreased sense of well-being. This study is based on analysis of existing data from a longitudinal survey of a cohort of 632 injured workers with lost-time claims, followed for a two-year period. The project will focus on documenting the prevalence and course of depressive symptoms in injured workers. In addition, depression treatment received, as well as use of pain medication will be documented. Descriptive and predictive statistical analyses will be used. This study is important as very little work has been done to document the prevalence of psychiatric morbidity among injured workers, particularly for depression or depressive symptoms in those who have experienced musculoskeletal injuries. Our findings will be relevant to all parties interested in quality of life following a workplace injury, but in particular to workers and healthcare providers.

Project References: Nancy Carnide. (2007). RTW Research, Depressive Symptoms and Mental Health. RAACWI Team Meeting. June 8 2007, Toronto, Ontario.

Health & well-being

Phase 1 Projects

Mental health and substance use experiences of injured workers with protracted claims

Mental health and quality of life after a work injury claim

Marital instability following a work accident

Health trajectories and health-care utilization: A long-term survey of injured workers

Injured workers' health and well-being

Immigrant workers' experiences after work-related injury and illness