Research projects archive

WCB-supported research tackles tough questions. Here, you can browse the results of completed projects, listed below alphabetically by title.

Title Researchers(s) Time Period
A comprehensive evaluation of the head trauma program at Millard Health: assessment, treatment, and return-to-work status Dr. Douglas Gross, Dr. Annette Colangelo & Dr. Abigail Abada
University of Alberta/Millard Health
2012 - 2014

A prospective evaluation of sports & recreation-related concussions presenting to an urban emergency department: activities, severity, advice and return-to-play/work among adult patients Dr. Brian Rowe & Leeor Eliyahu
University of Alberta
2012 - 2014
A randomized clinical trial comparing three methods for anterior Cruciate ligament reconstruction: Patellar tendon, quadruple semitendinosus/gracilis grafts Dr. Nicholas Mohtadi and Denise Chan
University of Calgary
2007 - 2013
Arthroscopic versus min-open repair of full- thickness tears of the rotator cuff - a prospective randomized study Dr. Ian Lo
University of Calgary
2005 - 2014
A study of factors influencing return to work after illness or injury Dr. Jeremy Beach
University of Alberta
2002 - 2004
A systematic review of rotator cuff tears in patients insured by workers' compensation: Prevalence of injury, characteristics of rotator cuff injuries, and outcomes following operative and non-operative interventions Dr. Lauren Beaupre
University of Alberta

Dr. David Sheps
University of Alberta


2008 - 2010

Assessment of prostheses for transtibial amputees - Phase 2: Quantification of relations amongst socket type, tissue sensation, socket pressure, function, comfort and quality of life Dr. Janet L. Ronsky
University of Calgary
1998 - 2004
Development of a new clinical test for long head biceps pathology: the SAW test Dr. Richard Boorman
University of Calgary
2011 - 2013
Development of a triage decision-making tool for the rehabilitation of injured workers (part 1) Dr. Douglas Gross
University of Alberta
2010 - 2011
Development of a triage decision-making tool for the rehabilitation of injured workers (part 2) Dr. Douglas Gross
University of Alberta
2011 - 2013
Does functional capacity evaluation (FCE) predict return to work in claimants with work-related upper extremity injuries? Dr. Douglas Gross
University of Alberta

Dr. Michele Crites Battié
University of Alberta

2003 - 2005
Early mobilization following arthroscopic rotator cuff repair: a randomized controlled trial Dr. David Sheps
University of Alberta
2012 - 2016
Efficacy of ultrasound guided platelet rich plasma injection for rotator cuff degeneration Dr. Marni Wesner
University of Alberta
2011 - 2015
Evaluation of MRI assessment of SLAP lesions Dr. Ian Lo
University of Calgary
2011 - 2012
Further defining the role for capsular plication in shoulder instability surgery Dr. Richard Boorman
University of Calgary
2007 - 2013
Injured workers at risk of poor recovery: who recovers, who doesn't? Dr. Linda Carroll
University of Alberta
2008 - 2011
Non-invasive diagnostic for the quantitative and qualitative assessment of disease and injury: prevention/recovery via magnetic resonance imaging and metabolomics Dr. David Broadhurst, Ryan T McKay
University of Alberta
2011 - 2015
Non-operative treatment of full thickness rotator cuff tears: two year follow-up Dr. Richard Boorman
University of Calgary
2011 - 2012
Percutaneous radiofrequency medial branch neurotomy for patients with chronic pain of facet joint origin Dr. Robert Burnham
Red Deer Regional Hospital
2002 - 2004
Post-surgical electrical stimulation to enhance nerve regeneration and hand function in patients with carpel tunnel syndrome - a randomized controlled trial Dr. K. Ming Chan
University of Alberta
2006 - 2007
Predictors of return to work following traumatic work related lower extremity amputation Dr. Jacqueline S. Hebert
Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital

Dr. Nigel Ashworth
University of Alberta

2003 - 2005
Predictive factors for successful non operative treatment of chronic full thickness rotator cuff tears Dr. Richard Boorman
University of Calgary
2008 - 2012
Prognostic factors in work-related shoulder and knee injury [PDF, 10KB] Dr. Jeremy Beach University of Alberta
2006 - 2010
Prospective randomized study comparing open acromionplasty and rotator cuff repair versus arthroscopic acromioplasty and mini-open repair Dr. R. M. Hollingshead
U of Calgary
Sports Medicine Centre

Dr. Nicholas Mohtadi
University of Calgary

1999 - 2005
Randomized clinical trial comparing strength and endurance after open or arthroscopic stabilization for recurrent post-traumatic anterior shoulder instability Dr. Laurie A. Hiemstra
University of Calgary

Dr. Nicholas Mohtadi
University of Calgary

2004 - 2008
Recurrence of work-related low back injuries: the association between patient & administrative assessment Radoslaw Wasiak, Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety
2005 - 2011
Reliability of clinician return-to-work decisions for Workers’ Compensation claimants: towards a valid assessment battery Dr. Douglas Gross
University of Alberta
2007 - 2009
The effect of hip stabilizer muscle strengthening on pain and disability for patients with non-specific low back pain: an outcome-based randomized controlled trial Dr. Reed Ferber
Karen Kendall
University of Calgary
2010 - 2013
The effectiveness of a new treatment method for patients with carpal tunnel syndrome Dr. K. Ming Chan
University of Alberta
2002 - 2005
The influence of opioid analgesia on functional work capacity Dr. Douglas Gross
University of Alberta
2006 - 2008
The prognostic value of injured worker's perceptions of the workplace and expectations for recovery in predicting claims outcomes Dr. Michele Crites Battié
University of Alberta

Dr. Douglas Gross
University of Alberta

2003 - 2007
The validity and reliability of Purdue Pegboard Test and modified Moberg Pickup Test in patients with carpel tunnel syndrome Dr. K. Ming Chan
University of Alberta
2004 - 2006
Understanding how physicians allocate causation in musculoskeletal disease Dr. Jeremy Beach
University of Alberta
2006 - 2008
Use of database linkage for the surveillance of occupational asthma Dr. Nicola Cherry
University of Alberta
2005 - 2007
Workplace factors affecting shoulder pain Dr. Jeremy Beach
University of Alberta

Dr.Nicola Cherry
University of Alberta

2004 - 2007