WISE Study wins icare TMF Award


The Work Injury Screening & Early Intervention (WISE) study consortium - NSW Health, EML, icare and the University of Sydney’s Pain Management Research Institute (PMRI), have been named joint winner of the Framework and Systems section of the 2016 icare TMF awards. This is the second major award for the WISE study, cementing the Pain Management Research Institute's position as a global leader in innovative pain management.


The Awards for Excellence in Risk Management have become a major occasion for government agencies to share their experience and learnings in both preventive and post-incident risk management. "Each of our winners are role models in the public and private sector for implementing leading edge ideas in workplace injury prevention and safety strategies by pioneering new systems, processes, and design," Vivek Bhatia, icare CEO said. "Each of our winners are role models in the public and private sector for implementing leading edge ideas in workplace injury prevention and safety strategies by pioneering new systems, processes and design."


"We congratulate Professor Michael Nicholas for his leadership and dedication to the WISE study and affirm our commitment to support all efforts to translate this into improved workplace practices and culture," Painaustralia CEO Lesley Brydon said.


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About the WISE Study

The Work Injury Screening & Early Intervention (WISE) study evaluated the implementation of an early risk screening and psychosocial management intervention instituted for employees with acute soft tissue injuries within a large hospital network in Australia.


The screening used the 10-item Orebro Musculoskeletal Pain Screening Questionnaire (OMPSQ-10) which was administered over the phone by the insurance case manager within the first week of an injured worker taking time off work due to their musculoskeletal injury. Those scoring above C50/100 were offered the opportunity to address their concerns with a nominated psychologist (in addition to usual care by their treating doctor and physical therapist). Any work-related issues identified by the psychologist or workplace return to work coordinator were to be addressed simultaneously at the workplace.


The protocol incorporated collaborative input from the key stakeholders (workplace, insurer, treatment providers, and injured worker). While this study has only just been completed, the employer (the NSW State Health Department) has recognised its value (to date the savings have amounted to 22 % for the high-risk intervention group over the similar control group, and mean lost work days of 30 vs 56, respectively, over the year following injury) and it is now being implemented as standard practice for all public hospitals in that state. In addition, planning is underway to change the guidelines covering the early management of injured workers generally across the state.


The project provides a practical example of how a theoretical model (Aarons et al.) can be used to address likely implementation barriers within a complex workers compensation insurance environment.


The final results will be available early in 2017.


References

Aarons, G.A., Hurlburt, M., Horwitz, S.M. (2011). Advancing a conceptual model of evidence-based practice implementation in public service sectors. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 38:4–23.


For more information about the WISE Study, please visit Pain Management Research Institute site.