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The work disability prevention CIHR strategic training program: Program performance after 5 years of implementation

Patrick Loisel, Quan Nha Hong, Daniel Imbeau, Katherine Lippel, Jaime Guzman, Ellen Maceachen, Marc Corbiere, Brenda R. Santos and Johannes R. Anema

Article (2009)

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Cite this document: Loisel, P., Hong, Q. N., Imbeau, D., Lippel, K., Guzman, J., Maceachen, E., ... Anema, J. R. (2009). The work disability prevention CIHR strategic training program: Program performance after 5 years of implementation. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 19(1). doi:10.1007/s10926-008-9160-1
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INTRODUCTION: The Work Disability Prevention (WDP) Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Strategic Training Program was developed in 2001 and is a unique program in the world. The main objective of this program is to help future researchers develop transdisciplinary knowledge, skills and attitudes regarding WDP. The purpose of this paper is to present a descriptive portrait of the program's performance over the past 5 years, as well as the trainees' and alumni's perspectives on the WDP CIHR Training Program. METHODS: Data on the program's performance were collected from documents in the program records. The trainees' opinions on the WDP training program were obtained through focus groups and telephone interviews. The data collected were compiled and divided into themes to summarize the qualitative findings pertaining to each question. RESULTS: From 2003 to 2007, five successive summer sessions have been offered, involving 44 high-caliber applicants from nine countries, 34 mentors and collaborators, 29 guest speakers and 15 stakeholders. Overall, trainees appreciated the networking, the opportunity to interact with people from different disciplines and countries, the openness, and the international perspective and uniqueness of the program. The least appreciated aspects concerned mainly the e-learning course, evaluations and information on optional courses. The coordination and logistics were judged appropriate and several topics were suggested to improve the program quality. CONCLUSION: In general, the program implementation went well, with good participation from mentors, speakers and stakeholders; the program was appreciated by the trainees and alumni. This paper underscores the importance of the international perspective, the transdisciplinarity and the scientific networking established through the program.

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work disability prevention; training program; research; transdisciplinarity; focus group

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Subjects: 1600 Génie industriel > 1600 Génie industriel
1600 Génie industriel > 1605 Génie des facteurs humains
1700 Conception et fabrication > 1703 Sécurité au travail
Department: Département de mathématiques et de génie industriel
Research Center: Non applicable
Funders: CIHR (Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis, Institute of Population and Public Health, Institute of Health Services and Policy Research and Institute of Gender and Health), Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec (FRSQ), Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST), Réseau provincial en adaptation-réadaptation (REPAR)
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2020 12:31
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2021 10:43
PolyPublie URL: https://publications.polymtl.ca/5007/
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Journal Title: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation (vol. 19, no. 1)
Publisher: Springer
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10926-008-9160-1


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