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Return-to-Work Practices in Police Services: Get Involved!

The Institute for Work & Health (IWH) has received funding to develop a free resource that details return-to-work (RTW) practices in Ontario police services. To help develop this resource, the research team is recruiting both civilian and sworn police service members in Ontario with personal experience with RTW (either as a worker having gone through RTW after an occupational injury, or as someone managing a person who has experience with RTW after an occupational injury) to participate in this research. The OACP supports this research.

This study is led by Dr. Dwayne Van Eerd, from the IWH; and is funded by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). The IWH is an independent, not-for-profit research organization. Participants who volunteer to take part will be asked to participate in a 45-60 minutes telephone interview. In the interview, participants will be asked to describe their experience with RTW and to describe the practices and supports available at their workplace.

Participation in this study is voluntary and participants will receive $50 as compensation for their time, as a gift card or if preferred a donation to an organization of their choice. The research team carefully protects the identity of all study participants. The information shared during the interviews will remain strictly confidential and will NOT be shared with workplaces or the WSIB.

To help with recruiting participants at your police service: simply share the survey link found below, with anyone you think may be interested in participating. This can be an individual who has gone through RTW themselves, or someone who has supported another person with their RTW. People who receive this link may then complete a short survey and enter their contact information if they wish to be interviewed for the study. People who received this link can also forward it to others who they think might be interested. The 2-3-minute survey can be found
here. Please contact either the project coordinator Morgane Le Pouésard at mlepouesard@iwh.on.ca or the study lead Dwayne Van Eerd at dvaneerd@iwh.on.ca with any questions.

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