IRSST - Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail

Occupational Injuries to the Rotator Cuff: Development of Content for a Practical Guide to Optimize Workers’ Care and to Foster a Return to Work


Shoulder injuries are frequent among workers. In addition to affecting their quality of life, they lead to increased absenteeism and a drop in productivity. Rotator cuff injuries are among the most frequently encountered conditions in workers with shoulder injuries.

Currently, clinicians do not have a standardized approach to care for these injuries and many clinical decisions are based on intuition and experience instead of on evidence.

This project will enable the development of content for a practical guide on clinical evaluation, treatment and the return to work of workers with a rotator cuff injury, adapted to the Québec context.

It builds on a knowledge assessment carried out by researchers in response to a call for proposals jointly managed by the IRSST and the REPAR/FRQS in 2011 on occupational injuries affecting the shoulder.

In the long term, this guide will help improve care for workers suffering from a rotator cuff injury, resulting in reduced health costs.

Additional Information

Type: Project
Number: 2016-0029
Status: Completed
Year of completion: 2020
Research Field: Occupational Rehabilitation
  • Francois Desmeules (Université de Montréal)
  • Jean-Sébastien Roy (Université Laval)
  • Clermont Dionne (Université Laval)
  • Joy MacDermid (McMaster University)
  • Pierre Frémont (Université Laval)
  • Michel Tousignant (Université de Sherbrooke)
  • Annie Rochette (Université de Montréal)
  • Bertrand Achou (Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche réadaptation et intégration sociale)