Performing Artists, Part 2

Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation. Volume 41, Number 1 / 2012

Performing arts health (PAH) as a field of research may be relatively unknown to some readers. It is my intent in this second editorial, therefore, to highlight some of the similarities and differences between this field and the field of work disability (WD), broadly construed (as in this journal) to include prevention, assessment and rehabilitation.
Readers will be familiar with the significant economic and societal burden of work-related health concerns. In 1999, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that occupational injury and disease globally accounted for 800,000 deaths and 38 million disability adjusted life years (DALYs) [1]. Closer to my home,
in Canada, the total direct and indirect costs of occupational injuries to the Canadian economy was estimated at $19 billion in 2008, or $567 per Canadian. These data include only costs associated with claims that were processed. We know, of course, that many injuries and illnesses are not claimed, and in a socialized system of healthcare, those costs are considerable.

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