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Jeanne M. Sears

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Research Associate Professor, Health Services
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)

Contact Info

email:   jeannes@uw.edu

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, Bowman SM, Rotert M, Blanar L, Hogg-Johnson S. Improving occupational injury surveillance by using a severity threshold: development of a new occupational health indicator. Inj Prev. 2016 Jun;22(3):195-201. doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2015-041807. Epub 2015 Dec 10.  PMID: 26658981
  


Sears JM, Bowman SM, Blanar L, Hogg-Johnson S. Industrial Injury Hospitalizations Billed to Payers Other Than Workers' Compensation: Characteristics and Trends by State. Health Serv Res. 2016 May 3. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.12500. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 27140591
  


Sears JM, Bowman SM, Rotert M, Hogg-Johnson S. A New Method to Classify Injury Severity by Diagnosis: Validation Using Workers' Compensation and Trauma Registry Data. J Occup Rehabil. 2015 Dec;25(4):742-51. doi: 10.1007/s10926-015-9582-5.  PMID: 25900409    PMCID: PMC4618262
   


Sears JM, Wickizer TM, Schulman BA. Expanding vocational retraining options for injured workers: An experiment in worker choice. Work. 2015 Aug 4. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 26409372
  


Sears JM, Wickizer TM, Schulman BA. Expanding vocational retraining options for injured workers: An experiment in worker choice. Work. 2015 Aug 4;52(3):663-76. doi: 10.3233/WOR-152129.  PMID: 26528841
  


Catastrophic Care Project
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
PI:   Franklin           Dates:    9/1/2016 - 6/30/2017

WA State Innovation Initiative- Medication Assisted Treatment Upon Release from Prison
Laura and John Arnold Foundation
PI:   Banta-Green           Dates:    8/1/2016 - 7/31/2018

DLI Opioid Scorecard Contract
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
PI:   Franklin           Dates:    2/1/2016 - 1/31/2017

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

Eval of WA State Occupational Health Services Quality Improvements
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
PI:   Franklin           Dates:    8/1/2015 - 6/30/2017

Using Injury Severity to Improve Occupational Traumatic Injury Trend Estimates
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
PI:   Conrad           Dates:    9/1/2013 - 8/31/2014

Eval of WA State Occupational Health Services Quality Improvements
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
PI:   Franklin           Dates:    7/1/2013 - 6/30/2015

Using Injury Severity to Improve Occupational Traumatic Injury Trend Estimates
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
PI:   Conrad           Dates:    9/1/2012 - 8/31/2014