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Jeanne M. Sears

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Research Associate Professor, Health Systems and Population Health
Adjunct Research Associate Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences


Education

PhD   University of Washington, 2007   (Health Services)
MS   University of California (San Francisco), 2001   (Nursing)
BA   University of California (Santa Cruz), 1980   (Biology)

Contact Info

email:   jeannes@uw.edu

address:
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195

campus box:   357660
voice:   206-543-1360

About

Dr. Sears specializes in occupational health services research, and in program and policy evaluation. She is Co-Director of the Occupational Health Services Research training program, which is part of the Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety, a NIOSH-funded Education and Research Center (ERC). She has evaluated the impact of legislation expanding the role of nurse practitioners and physician assistants in the workers' compensation system, as well as policy changes to the vocational rehabilitation system for injured workers. Her current research is focused on investigating the potential for expanded use of existing data resources that have been underutilized for occupational injury surveillance and outcomes research, such as the Washington State Trauma Registry. She is studying methodological issues such as approaches to measuring injury severity in administrative data sets, and the relationship between injury severity and occupational injury trend estimates. She is also involved in assessing the health and cost-related outcomes of interventions related to substance abuse and harm reduction.


Occupational injury surveillance; occupational health services; workers' compensation systems; policy and program evaluation; disparities in health and health care access


Edmonds AT, Sears JM, O'Connor A, Peckham T. The role of nonstandard and precarious jobs in the well-being of disabled workers during workforce reintegration. Am J Ind Med. 2021 Aug;64(8):667-679. doi: 10.1002/ajim.23254. Epub 2021 May 18.  PMID: 34003515
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Sears JM, Edmonds AT, MacEachen E, Fulton-Kehoe D. Workplace improvements to support safe and sustained return to work: Suggestions from a survey of workers with permanent impairments. Am J Ind Med. 2021 Jul 12. doi: 10.1002/ajim.23274. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 34254343
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Sears JM, Schulman BA, Fulton-Kehoe D, Hogg-Johnson S. Workplace Organizational and Psychosocial Factors Associated with Return-to-Work Interruption and Reinjury Among Workers with Permanent Impairment. Ann Work Expo Health. 2021 Jun 12;65(5):566-580. doi: 10.1093/annweh/wxaa133.  PMID: 33843964
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Sears JM, Fulton-Kehoe D, Hogg-Johnson S. Initial return to work and long-term employment patterns: Associations with work-related permanent impairment and with participation in workers' compensation-based return-to-work programs. Am J Ind Med. 2021 Feb 22. doi: 10.1002/ajim.23233. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 33616241    PMCID: PMC8046727
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Sears JM, Haight JR, Fulton-Kehoe D, Wickizer TM, Mai J, Franklin GM. Changes in early high-risk opioid prescribing practices after policy interventions in Washington State. Health Serv Res. 2020 Oct 4. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.13564. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 33011988    PMCID: PMC7839645
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2017
Member, thesis committee for Lane Shish
Health Care Practitioners' Perceptions of a North Seattle Free Health Care Clinic

Stemming the Tide of Prescription Opioid-Related Morbidity among Injured Workers
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
PI:   Sears           Dates:    9/1/2019 - 8/31/2020

Keys to Re-Injury Prevention and Sustained Return-to-Work for Disabled Workers
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
PI:   Sears           Dates:    9/1/2019 - 8/30/2020

Comparative effectiveness of two state payer strategies to prevent unsafe opioid prescribing and improve outcomes for injured workers with musculoskeletal injuries and pain
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
PI:   Franklin           Dates:    10/1/2018 - 9/30/2022

Access to Workers Compensation: CLAS and Latinos
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
PI:   Morales           Dates:    5/1/2018 - 4/30/2019

Catastrophic Care Project 2018 Amendment
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
PI:   Franklin           Dates:    4/2/2018 - 9/30/2020

Keys to Re-Injury Prevention and Sustained Return-to-Work for Disabled Workers
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
PI:   Sears           Dates:    4/1/2018 - 3/31/2020

Stemming the Tide of Prescription Opioid-Related Morbidity among Injured Workers
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
PI:   Sears           Dates:    12/1/2016 - 11/30/2018

Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention Contract
Washington State Department of Health (DOH)
PI:   Fulton-Kehoe           Dates:    9/15/2015 - 9/14/2019