Deborah Fulton-Kehoe

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STUDY DESIGN Prospective population-based cohort study. OBJECTIVE To identify early predictors of chronic work disability after work-related back injury. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Identification of early predictors of prolonged disability after back injury could increase understanding concerning the development of chronic, disabling pain, and aid in(More)
STUDY DESIGN Prospective, population-based cohort study. OBJECTIVES To examine whether worker demographic, pain, disability, and psychosocial variables, assessed soon after work-related back pain disability onset, predict 6-month work disability. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Greater age, pain, and physical disability, and certain psychosocial(More)
OBJECT The goal in this study of patients with clinical carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) was to compare the usefulness of magnetic resonance (MR) imaging with that of electrodiagnostic studies (EDSs) for the following purposes: 1) prediction of 1-year outcomes and 2) identification of patients who are likely to benefit from surgical treatment. METHODS The(More)
Although associations have been reported between antidepressant use and risk of breast cancer, the findings have been inconsistent. We conducted a population-based case-control study among women enrolled in Group Health Cooperative (GHC), a health maintenance organization in Washington State. Women with a first primary breast cancer diagnosed between 1990(More)
BACKGROUND The use of opioids for chronic non-cancer pain has increased in the United States since state laws were relaxed in the late 1990s. These policy changes occurred despite scanty scientific evidence that chronic use of opioids was safe and effective. METHODS We examined opiate prescriptions and dosing patterns (from computerized databases, 1996 to(More)
STUDY DESIGN Prospective, population-based cohort study. OBJECTIVE To examine whether prescription of opioids within 6 weeks of low back injury is associated with work disability at 1 year. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Factors related to early medical treatment have been little investigated as possible risk factors for development of long-term work(More)
OBJECTIVE We identified predictive factors of long-term disability in new workers' compensation claims to guide secondary prevention research and target interventions for high-risk claims. METHODS Workers with 4 or more days of work disability resulting from workplace injuries were followed for approximately 6 years in a population-based retrospective(More)
STUDY DESIGN Workers' compensation back injury claimants completed baseline and follow-up telephone interviews in a prospective population-based cohort study. OBJECTIVE To compare the Roland-Morris Disability Questionnaire (RDQ) to widely used generic health status measures in a sample of workers with recent work-related back injuries in terms of(More)
STUDY DESIGN A population-based, prospective cohort study. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the association of early imaging and health and disability status 1 year following acute low back injury, among a population-based sample of Washington State workers' compensation claimants. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Use of early diagnostic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)(More)