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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)

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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

Friedly JL, Comstock BA, Turner JA, Heagerty PJ, Deyo RA, Bauer Z, Avins AL, Nedeljkovic SS, Nerenz DR, Shi XR, Annaswamy T, Standaert CJ, Smuck M, Kennedy DJ, Akuthota V, Sibell D, Wasan AD, Diehn F, Suri P, Rundell SD, Kessler L, Chen AS, Jarvik JG. Long-Term Effects of Repeated Injections of Local Anesthetic With or Without Corticosteroid for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: A Randomized Trial. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2017 Aug;98(8):1499-1507.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2017.02.029. Epub 2017 Apr 8.  PMID: 28396242

Buchbinder R, Kallmes DF, Jarvik JG, Deyo RA. Conduct and reporting of a vertebroplasty trial warrants critical examination. Evid Based Med. 2017 Jun;22(3):106-107. doi: 10.1136/ebmed-2016-110651. Epub 2017 Mar 29.  PMID: 28356317

Gold LS, Bryan M, Comstock BA, Bresnahan BW, Deyo RA, Nedeljkovic SS, Nerenz DR, Heagerty P, Jarvik JG. Associations Between Relative Value Units and Patient-Reported Back Pain and Disability. Gerontol Geriatr Med. 2017 Jan 16;3:2333721416686019. doi: 10.1177/2333721416686019. eCollection 2017 Jan-Dec.  PMID: 28405596    PMCID: PMC5384601
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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

Chou R, Deyo R, Devine B, Hansen R, Sullivan S, Jarvik JG, Blazina I, Dana T, Bougatsos C, Turner J. The Effectiveness and Risks of Long-Term Opioid Treatment of Chronic Pain. Evid Rep Technol Assess (Full Rep). 2014 Sep;(218):1-219. doi: 10.23970/AHRQEPCERTA218. Review.  PMID: 30313000