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From the Editor

Pain – either we have experienced it or know someone who has. It might be or have been acute, chronic or breakthrough pain. According to Medlineplus, “pain is a signal in your nervous system that something may be wrong. It is an unpleasant feeling, such as a prick, tingle, sting, burn, or ache. Pain may be sharp or dull. It may come and go, or it may be constant” (

A SCOPUS review was recently conducted for research articles and reviews only on the search terms “Work AND Pain” for the years 2008-2017. This search covered title, abstracts and key words and excluded any type of conference proceedings. The total number of documents found that were published in our journal, WORK was 19,501, of which 16,512 were research articles and 2,989 reviews. There is a significant upward trend over the last nine years in the number of documents published on the topic in WORK. To date (June 2018), an additional 1,174 documents have been published. We are very honored that WORK has published more pain-related articles than any of the ‘recognized’ pain journals. This issue of WORK continues this trend with a special section of seven articles on the topic of work and pain. In addition, we are making available free to read, a special collection of 25 articles on pain that have previously been published in WORK. You can access these articles at:

This issue of WORK contains seven other articles on a variety of topics such as: returning to work after breast cancer; strengths based rehabilitation assessment; the development of preventive behavior at work, among others.

We hope that you have been enjoying our webinar series, Learn at WORK. If you missed any of the webinars, you can find the recordings at the Learn at WORK YouTube channel:

Our remaining 2018 Learn at WORK webinar, which is presented in cooperation with the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), is on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 from 1pm-2pm Eastern Standard Time (EST). Patricia Tegtmeier will be presenting her article: A scoping review on smart mobile devices and physical strain. Registration link:

Here are our 2019 Learn at WORK webinars:

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 from 1pm-2pm Eastern Standard Time (EST):

Wheelchair Accessibility of Mosques in Riyadh presented by Hashem Abu Tariah and colleagues.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019, from 1pm-2pm Eastern Standard Time (EST):

The impact of customer incivility and verbal aggression on service providers: A systematic review presented by Valentina Sommovigo.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019, from 1pm-2pm Eastern Standard Time (EST):

Ergonomics and Standing Desks presented by Allison Mula.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019 from 1pm-2pm Eastern Standard Time (EST):

With a little help from our friends: Collaborative research partnerships in three workplace-based occupational disease research projects presented by Dr. Desre Kramer and Emily Haynes.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019, from 1pm-2pm Eastern Standard Time (EST): More than a job: Career development of individuals with cystic fibrosis presented by Pablo S. Saldana.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019 from 1pm-2pm Eastern Standard Time (EST): The efficacy and efficiency of disability management in job retention and job reintegration: A Systematic Review presented by Dominique Van de Velde.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019 from 1pm-2pm Eastern Standard Time (EST): Perspectives on the use of a telehealth service-delivery model as a component of school-based occupational therapy practice presented by Daniel Rortvedt.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019, from 1pm-2pm Eastern Standard Time (EST): Decent Work, Work Motivation and Psychological Capital: An empirical research presented by Tânia Ferraro.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019, from 1pm-2pm Eastern Standard Time (EST): Job satisfaction and its related factors among dentists: A cross-sectional study presented by Joanna Kobza.

I welcome hearing from you.