Most important projects of Occupational and Insurance medicine

Burn-out projects

  • SPF Employment (projects 2010 and 2018) : The objective is to collect recent data for Belgium, not only about the prevalence and prevention of burnout, but also about for the most important work-related mental disorders. The study in 2018 demonstrates the importance of using two diagnostic tools, namely the clinical judgment of the health professional using the early burnout detection tool and a self-assessment questionnaire to be completed by the employee.
  • Fedris - Secundary prevention of burnout:  In January 2019, Fedris started a pilot project for a counseling programme for employees who are threatened or affected by an early stage of burnout as a result of work-related psychosocial risks. The pilot project will include 300 to 1000 employees from the financial services sector and the health care sector. The pilot project runs over 3 years and will be evaluated at the end of those 3 years. https://fedris.be/nl/pilootproject-burn-out

Return to work of trans*genders (PhD) 

Information on return to work (RTW) of transgender patients is generally lacking. A mixed methods research project is being carried out to collect detailed data on RTW outcomes of trans*genders (such as RTW rate, attempts, sustainability) and to investigate the barriers and supporting factors for return to work. Ultimately, this will result in the creation of an advisory tool for the treating, insurance and occupational physician to make the transition and RTW of trans*genders as easy as possible in a multidisciplinary way. The project is a collaboration between UGent (Department of Public Health), Transgender clinic and RIZIV/INAMI.

BBEMG project

The Belgian BioElectroMagnetics Group (BBEMG) investigates health effects of electric fields and magnetic induction generated by the transport and the use of electric power in our daily life and work places (50 Hz). In the current 2017-2021 project, Belgian researchers from three universities (Liège, Gent, Brussels) and one research institute (Brussels).are involved. Six research teams work together in a multidisciplinary way: literature overview & risk analysis, cumulative environmental nuisances, meta-analysis of childhood leukaemia, gene expression profiles following EMF exposure, cytogenetic biomonitoring of EMF-exposed workers, electrohypersensitivity, and also EMF exposure modelling from HV network. Funding: Belgian BioElectroMagnetic Group and Elia n.v.

ESPrIT project

“Strengthening the Occupational Health Expertise and Scientific Performance of Public Health Institution of Turkey (acronym ESPrIT)” with TNO (Netherlands), VUmc (Netherlands) and Gent University (Belgium) as partners.The aim of the project is improving the scientific and innovative performance of Ministry of Health, Public Health Institution of Turkey (PHIT) about occupational health issues and disseminating the project results and documents to  national and international professionals. ESPrIT includes trainings, consultancy, exchange visits, establishing network and collaboration activities improving the scientific and innovative performance of PHIT about occupational health research activities. A three year project was launched (1/1/2016-31/12/2018) with the support of the European Union (Horizon 2020, Twinning project).

MOOC - Epidemiology Applied to Occupational Health and Safety

A free online course was developed (Funding UGent) to provide an introduction to epidemiology applied to occupational health and safety. Basic concepts, research methods, assessment tools, the do's and don'ts of occupational epidemiology are explained and exercised. After the course, students will be able to apply their knowledge and start or participate actively in scientific studies concerning work and health issues. 

Emutom Online Module - European Module for Undergraduate Teaching of Occupational Medicine  

EMUTOM is a project aimed at enhancing collaboration between European medical faculties through the design of an e-learning module f teaching health and work issues that allows for harmonisation and transparency in terms of competencies and learning outcomes. Partners: Ghent (Belgium); Rouen (France); Amsterdam (The Netherlands); Timisoara (Romania) and Belgrade (Serbia) - Funding by the Lifelong Learning Programme, Erasmus (2010-2012).