Work disability prevention group

Our research focuses on disability prevention strategies, enhancing recovery in musculoskeletal disorders, health care effectiveness, work disability, and methods to achieve safe and sustained return to work. Specific topics include health care for workers with musculoskeletal injury in compensable settings, development and evaluation of self-reported assessments and performance-based tests which measure physical functioning and psychosocial factors. Research methods include quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods of observational studies in primary care or rehabilitation. Implementation of findings from clinical research into practice and continuing professional education are at the core of our motivation.

Collaborations

Projects

Current projects

  • Changes in medication prescription for workers with musculoskeletal injuries (swopioids)
    PI: Maurizio Trippolini, PT, PhD and Maria Wertli, MD, Prof.
    Sponsor: Swiss Accident Insurance Fund (suva)
  • Predictive validity of the Modified Spinal Function Sort (M-SFS)
    PI: Daniel Riese
    Sponsor: Institutional
  • Matching perceived functional capacity and physical work requirements: a new classification of the Modified Spinal Function Sort (M-SFS)
    PI: David Bühne
    Sponsor: German Pension Insurance Fund (Deutscher Rentenversicherungsverbund, DRV)

Completed projects

  • Car Accident Recovery Studies (CARS)
    PI: Maurizio Trippolini, PT, PhD
    Sponsor: Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, Hopkinton, Boston, MA, USA
  • Evaluation of functioning and recovery in workers with neck and back injuries
    PI: Maurizio Trippolini, PT, PhD
    Sponsor: Swiss Accident Insurance Fund (suva)
  • Development of a measure of perceived functional capacity
    PI: Maurizio Trippolini, PhD
    Sponsor: Swiss Accident Insurance Fund (suva)
  • Development of a measure of barriers for recovery (the Yellow flag Questionnaire)
    PI: Maurizio Trippolini, PhD
    Sponsor: Swiss Accident Insurance Fund (suva)

Publications

Selected journal publications