— Developing prognostic indicators with the necessary predictive value to guide decisions about return-to-work.
— Determining the length of latency periods between exposures sufficient to permit recovery or repair of tissue or cell damage.
— Defining the effects of various interventions.
— Defining the influence of worker factors, including comorbidity and obesity.
Investigating the independent and combined contribution of individual psychosocial (e.g., coping styles, stress vulnerability, personal sources of support) and workplace psychosocial (i.e., supervisor support, control, workload, deadlines) variables on symptoms and functional outcomes.
5. Workplace interventions studies directed toward:
Conducting rigorous evaluations of workplace interventions including but not limited to randomized controlled trials or other scientifically valid approaches.
Promoting investigation of multifactorial interventions.
Developing effective methods to measure the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of interventions on the reduction of workplace injuries.
Coordinating studies of interventions between the research community and industry.
Validating techniques, standards, and manuals for target industries.