Presentation W P4

W P4 (Poster Presentation):
The role of aging in return to work and stay at work: a systematic review

Presented by: Ivan Steenstra


Steentra I1, Irvin E1, Cullen K1, Beaton D1,2, Geary J3, Gignac M1, Gross D4, Loisel P5, MacDonald S1, Mahood Q1, Pransky G6, Puts M5, Scott-Marshall H1, Tompa E1, Van Eerd D1,7, Wilkie R8, Yazdani A1,7

  1. Institute for Work & Health, Toronto, Canada
  2. St. Michaels Hospital, Toronto, Canada
  3. Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences, Port Alberni, Canada
  4. University of Alberta, Calgary, Alberta
  5. University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
  6. Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, Boston, United States of America
  7. University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada
  8. Keele University, Keele, United Kingdom



Workforce health is capturing increased attention as a critical driver of the economy. An important demographic trend that will affect worker health and work disability is aging of the workforce. While the number of aging workers wanting or needing to return to work or stay at work after injury or chronic disease is increasing, knowledge on their specific needs and circumstances has not been summarized in a systematic way. The increasing aging working population will necessitate an understanding of efforts to prevent work disability among aging workers. Therefore, we have undertaken a review to synthesize the evidence on the effectiveness of interventions aimed at preventing poor outcome in aging workers and synthesize the literature on what determines risk of poor outcome in aging workers.


The team of researchers and stakeholders followed a systematic review process developed by the IWH: research question formulation; literature search; relevance review; quality appraisal; data extraction; and evidence synthesis. Review steps were completed with two independent reviewers coming to consensus for each reference. Our evidence synthesis methods will be adapted from the Cochrane Collaboration for RCTs, and on other IWH reviews of non-randomized studies, which are adapted from Slavin's method known as best evidence synthesis. Synthesis of the evidence is ranked on a scale from strong evidence, through moderate, and limited, down to insufficient evidence. The SR program at IWH relies heavily on stakeholder involvement and have published our process. We involve our stakeholders multiple times during the review process. On this review we have substantial engagement from a variety of stakeholders ranging from employers, insurers and health care providers from across the country.


The following electronic databases were searched from inception to the present: the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), MEDLINE, EMBASE, Web of Science, SocINDEX, Sociofile/Sociological Abstract), PsycINFO, American Business Index (ABI) Inform, EconLit, and Health and Safety Science Abstracts.


We will present the results to date for this review on the state of the evidence on aging and return to work and stay at work.

Schedule Details

Wednesday October 1
13:00 - 14:00 Poster Viewing
Session: Vulnerable workers & ethical issues