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Richard A. Deyo

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Appropriate use of new medical technology is an important factor in helping to contain costs, which in turn is essential to maintaining affordability and access to care. Rigorous evidence-based technology assessment is key to overcoming commercial, political, and media forces that may drive excessive (even harmful) technology use.
Affiliate Professor, Health Services

Oregon Health & Science University


MPH   University of Washington, 1981   (Health Services)
MD   Pennsylvania State University, 1975   (Medicine)
BA   Grinnell College, 1971   (Chemistry)

Contact Info


OHSU Family Medicine
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd.
Mail Code: FM
Portland, OR 97239

voice:   503-494-1694
fax:   503-494-2746


Richard Deyo has been a member of the faculty since 1986. He is a general internist and remains active in clinical teaching and practice. He was the Co-director of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and the UW Center for Cost and Outcomes Research. His research interests are in the measurement of health status and other outcomes, management of back disorders, and appropriate use of medical technology. He recently co-edited a book on 'Evidence-Based Clinical Practice'.

Evidence-based medicine; health status measures; technology assessment; strategies in primary care; low back problems

Jarvik JG, Gold LS, Comstock BA, Heagerty PJ, Rundell SD, Turner JA, Avins AL, Bauer Z, Bresnahan BW, Friedly JL, James K, Kessler L, Nedeljkovic SS, Nerenz DR, Shi X, Sullivan SD, Chan L, Schwalb JM, Deyo RA. Association of early imaging for back pain with clinical outcomes in older adults. JAMA. 2015 Mar 17;313(11):1143-53. doi: 10.1001/jama.2015.1871. Erratum in: JAMA. 2015 May 5;313(17):1758.  PMID: 25781443

Martin BI, Deyo RA, Mirza SK, Turner JA, Comstock BA, Hollingworth W, Sullivan SD. Expenditures and health status among adults with back and neck problems. JAMA. 2008 Feb 13;299(6):656-64. doi: 10.1001/jama.299.6.656. Erratum in: JAMA. 2008 Jun 11;299(22):2630.  PMID: 18270354

Fan VS, Au D, Heagerty P, Deyo RA, McDonell MB, Fihn SD. Validation of case-mix measures derived from self-reports of diagnoses and health. J Clin Epidemiol. 2002 Apr;55(4):371-80.  PMID: 11927205

Kline CR, Martin DP, Deyo RA. Health consequences of pregnancy and childbirth as perceived by women and clinicians. Obstet Gynecol. 1998 Nov;92(5):842-8.  PMID: 9794680

Malter AD, Larson EB, Urban N, Deyo RA. Cost-effectiveness of lumbar discectomy for the treatment of herniated intervertebral disc. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1996 May 1;21(9):1048-54; discussion 1055.  PMID: 8724089