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WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation is an interdisciplinary, international journal which publishes high quality peer-reviewed manuscripts covering the entire scope of the occupation of work. The journal's subtitle has been deliberately laid out: The first goal is the prevention of illness, injury, and disability. When this goal is not achievable, the attention focuses on assessment to design client-centered intervention, rehabilitation, treatment, or controls that use scientific evidence to support best practice.
WORK occasionally publishes thematic issues, but in general, issues cover a wide range of topics such as ergonomic considerations with children, youth and students, the challenges facing an aging workforce, workplace violence, injury management, performing artists, ergonomic product evaluations, and the awareness of the political, cultural, and environmental determinants of health related to work.
Dr. Karen Jacobs, the founding editor, and her editorial board especially encourage the publication of research studies, clinical practice, case study reports, as well as personal narratives and critical reflections of lived work experiences (autoethnographic/autobiographic scholarship),
Sounding Board commentaries and
Speaking of Research articles which provide the foundation for better understanding research to facilitate knowledge dissemination.
Narrative Reflections on Occupational Transitions, a new column, is for persons who have successfully transitioned into, between, or out of occupations to tell their stories in a narrative form. With an internationally renowned editorial board,
WORK maintains high standards in the evaluation and publication of manuscripts. All manuscripts are reviewed expeditiously and published in a timely manner.
WORK prides itself on being an author-friendly journal.
WORK celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2015.
*WORK is affiliated with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT)* *WORK is endorsed by the International Ergonomics Association (IEA)* *WORK gives out the yearly Cheryl Bennett Best Paper Award*
Abstract: This article examines the etiologies, incidence and prevalence of diabetes mellitus – a chronic, systemic disease of the endocrine system. It presents current information for rehabilitation professionals concerning diagnosis, treatment, and physiological effects of this, most common of all endocrine disorders.
Keywords: Diabetes, Medical aspects, Incidence, Prevalence
Abstract: The article presents four case studies of employees with diabetes. The authors examine participants' post-employment accommodation needs in four areas: worksite accessibility; performance of essential job functions; job mastery; and job satisfaction. Data were collected via the Work Experience Survey, an established career maintenance needs assessment tool.
Keywords: Diabetes, Ecological assessment, Career maintenance
Abstract: Objective: To examine the influence of diabetes on the employment patterns of parents of children living with diabetes. Study design: A case-control study of 197 families with an IDDM child and 142 control families without IDDM children was conducted. Case families were identified from a population-based diabetes registry. Brothers and sisters of the parents in the IDDM families were asked to participate as controls. Employment rates, absenteeism related to child care, and changes in work status were assessed by means of a questionnaire. Surveys were obtained from 85% of the families (172 case; 118 control). Results: No difference…was found between the IDDM and control families in the overall rate of employment and changes in work patterns. However, IDDM families were more likely to report absences from work related to child care (58% vs. 45%, P < 0.05). This impact was greatest for the working mothers. The greatest impact of IDDM on employment may be faced by single parents, who reported lower rates of employment and higher rates of absenteeism and changes in work patterns. Conclusions: Families face decisions regarding employment and the appropriate level of care for children with diabetes. These data illustrate that most families with an IDDM child have employment experiences similar to those of families without diabetic children. Larger sample sizes of single parent families are necessary to confirm these findings.
Abstract: No federal or state lawmaker could have foreseen the nuances involved in the mutual implementations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and state workers compensation statutes. These laws are compared and contrasted on a number of key issues. Readers are provided with a decision matrix to guide them and those they represent in the judicious invocation of the most beneficial statute for each issue.
Keywords: Medical leave, Unpaid leave, Employee rights, Reasonable accommodation, Employment law
Abstract: The purpose of this article is to acquaint Occupational and Physical therapists with the diabetic client so as to better understand their disease and therefore aid in interventions necessary for their continued performance in the workplace. The article will include sections on self care techniques necessary for control of glucose levels, acute and chronic complications of the disease process, emotional stress, both internal and external, that diabetics face daily plus stress management ideas. Finally, the role of the professional in aiding diabetics through specific modifications in their work environment as mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act will be addressed…as it applies to this diverse population. It is written from the perspective of a diabetic who is trained as a psychologist, started an educational clinic for diabetics, and has written a book with the Joslin Diabetes Center, The Joslin Gourmet Diabetes Cookbook.
Abstract: This article offers recommendations to researchers, policymakers and rehabilitation professionals to improve the employment prospects for Americans with diabetes mellitus. An early intervention, interdisciplinary approach is emphasized – one that integrates career counseling and employment consultation into a ‘total treatment’ framework.
Keywords: Diabetes, Employment, Recommendations, Research, Practice
Abstract: Although interdisciplinary treatment has been widely recognized as beneficial, very few studies have focused on the combination of factors that promote return to function for clients with chronic pain. This lack of synthesis results in factionalized and uncoordinated client care. This article, incorporating literature from a diversity of fields and an illustrative case study, is an attempt to make a case for 12 guidelines, which are a synthesis of the knowledge gained by those autonomous professional bodies.