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Systematic Reviews

Systematic Reviews are designed to find, analyse, and present the best evidence to address critical issues in policy and practice. WorkSafeBC identifies specific research questions or issues and selects researchers to carry out the work following a thorough, competitive evaluation process. Requests for Proposals are issued on an as-needed basis.

Funding overview

Systematic Reviews contribute to a better understanding of existing evidence on priority issues. They synthesize existing research, provide critical assessment of current knowledge, and identify knowledge gaps.

Systematic Reviews employ scientific, transparent methods that minimize bias and can provide balanced conclusions based on the best available evidence.

Through this funding stream, we offer grants to address research questions that are a priority to WorkSafeBC. We first identify specific questions, then seek submissions from researchers who have the skill and capacity to carry out the work.

Funding opportunities – Request for proposals

We issue Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for Systematic Reviews on an as-needed basis. To learn about current RFPs, you can check this page regularly or sign up to receive automatic email notifications when new opportunities are posted. We welcome submissions from researchers worldwide.

Please refer to the Specific Priorities webpage for details on the current RFP. The deadline to submit an application is July 13, 2018.

Need more information?

If you have questions or would like to request a copy of a completed Systematic Review, please contact our Research Services team.

Completed Systematic Reviews

Copies of the following Systematic Reviews are available by request:

  • Bronchogenic Carcinoma (Lung Cancer) in Asbestos Exposed Workers
    Principal Investigator: Dr. Murray Finkelstein
    Affiliation: Mt. Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario

  • Carpal Tunnel/Cubital Tunnel Syndrome in Workers
    Principal Investigators: Drs. Alex Burdorf, Bionka Huisstede & Bart Koes
    Affiliation: University Medical Center Rotterdam, The Netherlands

  • Effectiveness of Occupational Health & Safety Tools
    Principal Investigator: Dr. Jos Verbeek
    Affiliation: Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Helsinki, Finland

  • Firefighters/Paramedics and Cardiovascular Disease: A Systematic Review
    Principal Investigator: Murray M. Finkelstein
    Affiliation: Mt. Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario

  • Low Back Pain in Workers
    Principal Investigator: Dr. Harry Shannon
    Affiliation: McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario

  • Low Back Pain in Workers
    Principal Investigator: Dr. Eugene Wai
    Affiliation: University of Ottawa, Ontario

  • Multiple Sclerosis as a Compensable Consequence
    Principal Investigator: Dr. Sharon Warren
    Affiliation: University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

  • Plantar Fasciitis/Plantar Fasciopathy and Prolonged Weight Bearing
    Principal Investigator: Drs. Eugene Waclawski & Jeremy Beach
    Affiliation: University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

  • Primary Cancer of the Skin as Described in Schedule B of the BC Workers Compensation Act
    Principal Investigator: Dr. John Spinelli
    Affiliation: University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia