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Timely information and insights into the world of evidence-based medicine as it applies to IMEs and other health-related services across Canada. Your feeback and suggestions are welcome.

Part 1: Chronic Pain


Separating Chronic Pain from Injury and Illness: Challenges In Diagnosis


Part 2: Dosing, Side Effects and Workplace Considerations


Part 2 of a series of articles about Cannabis/Medical Marijuana


Part 1: Overview of Cannabis/Medical Marijuana


Part 1 of a series of articles about Cannabis/Medical Marijuana


Functional Abilities Evaluations


Functional Abilities Evaluations (FAEs) offer a process of measuring, recording, and analyzing an individual’s ability to safely perform a number of functions. It is a useful tool in determining an individual’s physical capabilities and restrictions, potential for return to pre-injury employment, housekeeping, and normal life activities.


JSAs / WSAs / PDAs – Sorting out Workplace Requirements


There are several terms associated with completing a Job Site Assessment (or Analysis). JSA - Job Site Assessment/Analysis, WSA - Work Site Assessment or PDA - Physical Demands Analysis. All of which are objective methods of examining a particular job and breaking down that job into individual task requirements and tolerances. The main differentiating factor in the use of the different assessment terms is the method in which the data was collected. However for simplicity, these assessments will collectively be referred to here as a “JSA”.


Charting the Course: How Vocational, TSA and LMS Assessments Optimize Efficiency in Return-to-Work Pathways


Where individuals cannot return to their existing occupation, vocational assessments are often used to identify viable employment options and to facilitate an individual’s successful movement along an optimal rehabilitation or training pathway in order to promote a successful transition back into the workforce.


The ‘Psych’ Assessment: Psychology, Psychiatry or Neuropsychology? Understanding the Mental Health Assessment Options


The burden of mental health conditions has a significant impact on overall health care and disability costs across Canada. In any given week, 500,000 Canadians are unable to work because of mental illness and 355,000 are on disability. One in five Ontarians experiences mental illness, including addiction, creating an estimated $40 billion of economic burden. More concerning is that only one in three people seeking help for mental illness actually receive it.