Presentation W P17

W P17 (Poster Presentation):
Health and Work Productivity Portal – Pilot-testing Online Academic Community Partnership Platform

Presented by: Marisa Cornacchia


White MI1,2, Wagner SL3, Schultz IZ4, Williams-Whitt K5, Koehn C6, Dionne CE7, Koehoorn M8, Harder H4, Pasca R9, Wärje O2, Hsu V10, McGuire L11, Lama I12, Schulz W13, Kube D14, Hook A15, Cornacchia M2

  1. Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia
  2. Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability
  3. School of Health Sciences, University of Northern British Columbia
  4. Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education, University of British Columbia
  5. Faculty of Management, University of Lethbridge
  6. School of Education, Counselling Specialization, University of Northern British Columbia
  7. Département de réadaptation, Faculté de médecine, Université Laval
  8. School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia
  9. Doctoral Student, School of Health Sciences, University of Northern British Columbia
  10. BC Construction Safety Alliance
  11. The FIOSA-MIOSA Safety Alliance of BC
  12. Healthcare Benefit Trust
  13. Retired
  14. Stantec Inc
  15. Health Employers Association of British Columbia, Canada



Stakeholders are interested in using research-evidence to support decision-making in disability prevention and management but need academic collaboration to determine scientific merit and assist in translation into practice. This proof of concept study pilot-tested an online platform to facilitate the identification and translation of credible research and related resources (webinars, tips, tools) to different stakeholders involved with disability prevention and RTW.


Using a participatory action research framework, researchers from 4 universities and multiple stakeholder organizations representing different sectors participated. The platform supports pairs of reviewers to independently assess the methodological strengths of research literature, evaluates scientific merit, identifies key messages, strengths, weaknesses, followed by a consensus workflow. Stakeholders translate scientific key messages relevant to their constituents. Phase I developed and refined paper workflows. Phase II assessed online workflows. We used a mixed methods approach for iterative and outcome-based project evaluation (baseline survey, mid-project survey, and stakeholder metrics for success).


Phase I led to refinements in scientific and stakeholder workflows, improved knowledge and understanding of stakeholders’ information needs, and facilitated mutual appreciation of (i) tacit organizational factors, and (ii) application of research knowledge. Phase II expanded number of researchers and stakeholders, pilot-tested live workflows, identified challenges in stakeholder translation processes (quality assurance), led to changes to reviewer’s dashboard, and resulted in two stakeholder-centered best-evidence syntheses of systematic reviews - identifying risk factors contributing to work absence across health conditions and work interventions impacting identified risk factors.


The platform has sustained high commitment, exceeded expectations and outcomes of stakeholders and researchers leading to new grant application to refine stakeholder translation workflows. Academic and stakeholder partnerships are being developed in UK, Europe and North America to support content population and portal development.

Schedule Details

Wednesday October 1
13:00 - 14:00 Poster Viewing
Session: Varia