Mieke Koehoorn

Co-Investigator; British Columbia Co-Lead; Thematic Lead- Population; Executive Committee Member

“I joined CRDWP because I saw the potential to make a real difference in work disability policy in Canada that would support people with disabilities to (re)enter or stay in the workforce, and in the longer-term would translate into a workforce that reflected the abilities of all Canadians.”

Key Appointments

  • Professor, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia,
  • CIHR Chair in Gender, Work and Health
  • Adjunct Scientist, Institute for Work & Health (Toronto)
  • Co-lead, Partnership for Work, Health and Safety


  • PhD in Epidemiology

Research Activities

Dr. Mieke Koehoorn’s research focuses on current and emerging issues in occupational health. She has a special interest in developing and linking data to enable cutting-edge research on occupational epidemiology. She is involved in research projects investigating sex, gender, work injury, and workers’ compensation; surveillance and compensation of occupational diseases (e.g., respiratory diseases, mesothelioma); the evaluation of workers’ compensation policies and programs (e.g. private clinic or public hospital surgeries, forestry certification); and the epidemiology of occupational disease and injury (e.g. relationship between workplace exposures and cardiovascular disease).

Publications related to CRWDP

  1. Edwards JD (PhD student), Koehoorn M, Boyd LA, Levy AR. Is health-related quality of life improving after stroke? A comparison of health utilities indices among Canadians with stroke between 1996 and 2005. Stroke, May 2010; 41(5):996-1000. (SA)
  1. Smith PM, Stock SR, McLeod CB, Koehoorn M, Marchand A, Mustard CA.  Research opportunities using administrative databases and existing surveys for new knowledge in occupational health and safety in Canada Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia.  Canadian Journal of Public Health Mar-Apr 2010;101( Sppl 1):S46-52. (CA – lead on BC data)
  1. Zhang W (PhD student), Koehoorn M, Anis AH.  Work productivity among employed Canadians with arthritis.  Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, Sept 2010; 52(9):872-7. (SA)
  1. Fan JK, McLeod CB, Koehoorn M.  Sociodemographic, clinical and work characteristics associated with return-to-work outcomes following surgery for work-related knee injury.  Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health Jun 2010;36(4):332-338. (SA)
  1. Franche RL, Murray E, Ibrahim S, Smith P, Carnide N, Côté P, Gibson J, Koehoorn M.  Examining the impact of worker and workplace factors on prolonged work absences among Canadian nurses. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine Aug 2011;53(8):919-927. (CA)
  1. Koehoorn M, McLeod CB, Fan J, McGrail KM, Barer ML, Côté P, Hogg-Johnson S.  Do private clinics or expedited fees reduce disability duration for injured workers following knee surgery?  Healthcare Policy August 2011;7(1):55-70. (SA)

Accepted/In Press

  1. Murray E, Franche R-L, Ibrahim S, Smith P, Carnide N, Côté P, Gibson J, Guzman J, Koehoorn M, Mustard C.  Pain-related work interference is a key factor in worker/workplace model of work absence duration due to musculoskeletal conditions in Canadian nurses.  Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation (accepted November 25, 2012). Published on-line first: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10926-012-9408-7. (CA)
  1. Guzman J, Ibrahimova A, Tompa E, Koehoorn M, Alamgir H.  Non-wage losses associated with occupational injury among healthcare workers.  Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (accepted February 17, 2013).  Manuscript#JOEM-12-3882R1. (CA)