Jeanne M Sears

Research Associate Professor, Health Services (Primary department)
Adjunct Research Associate Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences
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.

Contact Information

Box: 357660
Tel: 206-543-1360

Research Interests

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

Teaching interests

Occupational health services research methods.

Education

PhD, Health Services, University of Washington, 2007
MS, Nursing, University of California (San Francisco), 2001

Projects

Use of the Washington State Trauma Registry for Occupational Injury Surveillance (CDC/NIOSH; PI: Sears)
Using Injury Severity to Improve Occupational Traumatic Injury Trend Estimates (CDC/NIOSH; PI: Sears)
A Trial to Prevent Opioid Overdose: E. D. Based Intervention & Take-home Naloxone (NIH/NIDA; PI: Banta-Green)
Harm Reduction with Pharmacotherapy (HaRP) for Homeless Adults with Alcohol Dependence (NIH/NIAAA; PI: Collins)
Evaluation of Washington State Occupational Health Services Quality Improvements (Washington State Department of Labor and Industries; PI: Franklin)
Total Worker Health among New Nurses: An Instrument Development Study (Oregon Healthy Workforce Center, Pilot Research Program; PI: Graves, Washington State University)
Prescription Drug Overdose: Prevention for States (CDC; PI: Sabel, Washington State Department of Health)
Selected Publications

Sears JM, Bowman SM, Blanar L, Hogg-Johnson S. Online First: May 3, 2016. Industrial injury hospitalizations billed to payers other than workers' compensation: Characteristics and trends by state. Health Services Research. doi:10.1111/1475-6773.12500.
Sears JM, Bowman SM, Rotert, M, Blanar L, Hogg-Johnson S. 2016. Improving occupational injury surveillance by using a severity threshold: Development of a new occupational health indicator. Injury Prevention. 22(3):195-201.
Sears JM, Bowman SM, Hogg-Johnson S. 2015. Disparities in occupational injury hospitalization rates in five states (2003-2009). American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 58(5):528-540.
Sears JM, Bowman SM, Rotert M, Hogg-Johnson S. 2015. A new method to classify injury severity by diagnosis: Validation using workers’ compensation and trauma registry data. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 25(4):742-751.
Sears JM, Wickizer TM, Schulman BA. 2015. Expanding vocational retraining options for injured workers: An experiment in worker choice. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation. 52(3):663-676.
Sears JM, Wickizer TM, Schulman BA. 2014. Injured workers’ assessment of vocational rehabilitation services before and after retraining. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 24(3):458-468.
Sears JM, Blanar L, Bowman SM. 2014. Predicting work-related disability and medical cost outcomes: A comparison of injury severity scores and scoring methods. Injury. 45(1):16-22.
Sears JM, Wickizer TM, Schulman BA. 2014. Improving vocational rehabilitation services for injured workers in Washington State. Evaluation and Program Planning. 44:26-35.
Sears JM, Rolle LR, Schulman BA, Wickizer TM. 2014. Vocational rehabilitation program evaluation: Comparison group challenges and the role of unmeasured return-to-work expectations. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 24(4):777-789.
Sears JM, Bowman SM, Hogg-Johnson S. 2014. Using injury severity to improve occupational injury trend estimates. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 57(8):928-939.
Sears JM, Bowman SM, Hogg-Johnson S, Shorter Z. 2014. Linkage and concordance of trauma registry and hospital discharge records: Lessons for occupational injury surveillance and research. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 56(8):878-885.
Sears JM, Bowman SM, Hogg-Johnson S, Shorter Z. 2014. Occupational injury trends derived from trauma registry and hospital discharge records: Lessons for surveillance and research. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 56(10):1067-73.
Sears JM, Bowman SM, Adams D, Silverstein BA. 2013. Who pays for work-related traumatic injuries? Payer distribution in Washington State by ethnicity, injury severity, and year (1998-2008). American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 56(7):742-754.
Sears JM, Graves JM, Blanar L, Bowman SM. 2013. Case identification of work-related traumatic brain injury using the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 55(5):507-513.
Sears JM, Blanar L, Bowman SM, Adams D, Silverstein BA. 2013. Predicting work-related disability and medical cost outcomes: Estimating injury severity scores from workers’ compensation data. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 23(1):19-31.
Sears JM, Bowman SM, Silverstein BA. 2012. Trends in the disproportionate burden of work-related traumatic injuries sustained by Latinos. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 54(10):1239-1245.
Sears JM, Bowman SM, Silverstein BA, Adams D. 2012. Identification of work-related injuries in a state trauma registry. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 54(3):356-362.
Sears JM, Bowman SM, Adams D, Silverstein BA. 2011. Occupational injury surveillance using the Washington State Trauma Registry. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 53(11):1243-1250.
Sears JM, Krupski A, Joesch JM, Estee SL, He L, Ford Shah M, Huber A, Dunn C, Ries R, Roy-Byrne PP. 2010. The use of administrative data as a substitute for individual screening scores in observational studies related to problematic alcohol or drug use. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 111(1-2):89-96.
Sears JM, Hogg-Johnson S. 2009. Enhancing the policy impact of evaluation research: A case study of nurse practitioner role expansion in a state workers’ compensation system. Nursing Outlook. 57(2):99-106.
Sears JM, Heagerty PJ. 2008. Including injured workers without compensated time loss in Cox regression models: Analyzing time loss using all available data. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 18(3):225-232.
Sears JM, Wickizer TM, Franklin GM, Cheadle AD, Berkowitz B. 2008. Expanding the role of nurse practitioners: Effects on rural access to care for injured workers. Journal of Rural Health. 24(2):171-178.
Sears JM, Wickizer TM, Franklin GM, Cheadle AD, Berkowitz B. 2007. Nurse practitioners as attending providers for injured workers: Evaluating the effect of role expansion on disability and costs. Medical Care. 45(12):1154-1161.
Sears JM, Wickizer TM, Franklin GM, Cheadle AD, Berkowitz B. 2007. Nurse practitioners as attending providers for workers with uncomplicated back injuries: Using administrative data to evaluate quality and process of care. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 49(8):900-908.
 

Review date: 
11/22/2017