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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
  • HSERV 590
    Methodological Issues in Occupational Health Services


Sears JM, Fulton-Kehoe D, Hogg-Johnson S. Differential underestimation of work-related reinjury risk for older workers: Challenges to producing accurate rate estimates. Am J Ind Med. 2022 Jun 4. doi: 10.1002/ajim.23403. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 35665525
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Sears JM, Edmonds AT, Hannon PA, Schulman BA, Fulton-Kehoe D. Workplace Wellness Program Interest and Barriers Among Workers With Work-Related Permanent Impairments. Workplace Health Saf. 2022 Apr 6:21650799221076872. doi: 10.1177/21650799221076872. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 35382639
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Le VT, Fulton-Kehoe D, Sears JM, Nkyekyer EW, Ehde DM, Young M, Franklin GM. Trends and Disparities in the Use of Telehealth Among Injured Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Occup Environ Med. 2022 Apr 1;64(4):e249-e256. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000002520. Epub 2022 Feb 22.  PMID: 35195110    PMCID: PMC9038672
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Meischke H, Rogers M, Manchanda S, Sears JM, Revere D, Grewal R, Beaton R. Development and Evaluation of an Online Toolkit for Managers of 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Centers to Reduce Occupational Stress. Health Promot Pract. 2021 Oct 4:15248399211042332. doi: 10.1177/15248399211042332. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 34605712
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Sears JM, Edmonds AT, MacEachen E, Fulton-Kehoe D. Appraisal of Washington State workers' compensation-based return-to-work programs and suggested system improvements: A survey of workers with permanent impairments. Am J Ind Med. 2021 Nov;64(11):924-940. doi: 10.1002/ajim.23289. Epub 2021 Aug 30.  PMID: 34462931    PMCID: PMC8500921
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Validation of the Functional Comorbidity Index for Use with Workers' Compensation Data: Best Practices for Predicting Work-Related and Functional Outcomes
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
PI:   Sears           Dates:    7/1/2022 - 6/30/2024

L&I Contract No. K4968 - SOW A1 Chronic Opioid Project Analysis
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
PI:   Franklin           Dates:    3/1/2022 - 6/30/2023

L&I Contract No. K4466 - SOW 5 Risk of Harms
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
PI:   Franklin           Dates:    1/1/2022 - 6/30/2023

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

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