Presentation W P29

W P29 (Poster Presentation):
Understanding and measuring work disability in rural and urban healthcare workers in Manitoba: A qualitative approach

Presented by: Nelson Ositadimma Oranye


Friesen M1, Oranye NO1, Busolo D1

  1. University of Manitoba, Winnipeg MB, Canada



Studies have shown significant progress in knowledge creation and dissemination on work disability prevention (WDP) in rural and urban areas. However, only a small proportion of the studies on WDP have looked at rural and urban areas together. Rural and urban areas present distinct socioeconomic environments. Although WDP programs have been developed in urban areas for healthcare facilities, their suitability for rural context is not clear. Knowledge of the intersection of rural and urban work disability outcomes is lacking. This gap leads to poorly informed policies and practices to advance WDP, particularly in rural areas. This study examined the status of injury prevention and return-to-work policies, programs and practices in healthcare facilities in Brandon and Central Regional Health Authorities (RHA)


This paper presents findings from the descriptive qualitative aspect of a mixed methods study, which used interviews and focus group discussions to collect data. The data collection was conducted between February and November 2012. A total of 28 participants, representing managers, supervisors, workplace safety and health committees, frontline workers, union representatives, and case manager were drawn from both RHAs Data were transcribed verbatim and managed using NVivo 9. Each researcher independently coded assigned transcripts. The nodes were then compared, discussed and integrated at research team meetings. Similar nodes were grouped and linked to form higher order patterns from which the themes emerged. Triangulation and member checking were used to enhance rigor.


Four themes emerged from the analysis: ‘Who we are’, ‘Cooperation and collaboration’, ‘We like it in the rural area’ and ‘Celebrations, challenges and hope’. Findings portrayed similarities in the demographics of healthcare workers, WDP policies and programs, teamwork within WDP committees, patterns of injury and challenges. High level of support for injured workers was identified as a key element of the rural workplace culture.


This study provides an understanding of disability management and injury prevention policies and practices in Brandon and Central RHAs. There were more similarities than differences with regard to WDP and disability management.

Schedule Details

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