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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)
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


Fulton-Kehoe D, Lofy KH, Le V, Sterling R, Sears JM, Franklin G. Opioid-Prescribing Metrics in Washington State: Trends and Challenges. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2020 May/Jun;26(3):214-221. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000001149.  PMID: 32235204
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Sears JM, Hogg-Johnson S, Sterling RA, Fulton-Kehoe D, Franklin GM. Prescription opioid overdose and adverse effect hospitalisations among injured workers in eight states (2010-2014). Occup Environ Med. 2020 Apr 10. pii: oemed-2020-106472. doi: 10.1136/oemed-2020-106472. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 32276968
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Sears JM, Edmonds AT, Fulton-Kehoe D. Tracking Opioid Prescribing Metrics in Washington State (2012-2017): Differences by County-Level Urban-Rural and Economic Distress Classifications. J Rural Health. 2019 Oct 4. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12400. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 31583779
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Banta-Green CJ, Williams JR, Sears JM, Floyd AS, Tsui JI, Hoeft TJ. Impact of a jail-based treatment decision-making intervention on post-release initiation of medications for opioid use disorder. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2020 Feb 1;207:107799. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2019.107799. Epub 2019 Dec 11.  PMID: 31865058
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Sears JM, Fulton-Kehoe D, Schulman BA, Hogg-Johnson S, Franklin GM. Opioid Overdose Hospitalization Trajectories in States With and Without Opioid-Dosing Guidelines. Public Health Rep. 2019 Sep/Oct;134(5):567-576. doi: 10.1177/0033354919864362. Epub 2019 Jul 31.  PMID: 31365317
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2017
Member, thesis committee for Lane Shish
Health Care Practitioners' Perceptions of a North Seattle Free Health Care Clinic

2016
Member, dissertation committee for Laura Fraade-Blanar
Older adult injury risk assessment in the driving and occupational environments

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

Mathematica Opiates
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
PI:   Franklin           Dates:    3/1/2018 - 9/30/2018

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

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

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