Jeanne M. Sears

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Research Associate Professor, Health Services

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; policy and program evaluation; disparities in health and health care access



Sears JM, Bowman SM, Hogg-Johnson S. Disparities in occupational injury hospitalization rates in five states (2003-2009). Am J Ind Med. 2015 May;58(5):528-40. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22427. Epub 2015 Mar 4.  PMID: 25739883
  

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 Apr 22. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 25900409
  

Sears JM, Rolle LR, Schulman BA, Wickizer TM. Vocational rehabilitation program evaluation: comparison group challenges and the role of unmeasured return-to-work expectations. J Occup Rehabil. 2014 Dec;24(4):777-89. doi: 10.1007/s10926-014-9509-6.  PMID: 24682775
  

Sears JM, Bowman SM, Hogg-Johnson S, Shorter ZA. Occupational injury trends derived from trauma registry and hospital discharge records: lessons for surveillance and research. J Occup Environ Med. 2014 Oct;56(10):1067-73. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000225.  PMID: 25285829
  

Sears JM, Wickizer TM, Schulman BA. Injured workers' assessment of vocational rehabilitation services before and after retraining. J Occup Rehabil. 2014 Sep;24(3):458-68. doi: 10.1007/s10926-013-9479-0.  PMID: 24065344
  

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

Use of the Washington State Trauma Registry for Occupational Injury Surveillance
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
PI:   Martin           Dates:    9/1/2011 - 8/31/2012

L&I Vocational Rehabilitation Pilot Program
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
PI:   Wickizer           Dates:    7/1/2008 - 6/30/2013