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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
PURPOSE To conduct a survey of primary care physicians and advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs) in Washington State (WA) focused on changes in practice patterns and use of support tools in the prescription of opioids for the treatment of chronic noncancer pain (CNCP). METHODS A convenience sample of primary care providers in WA was obtained(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)
BACKGROUND This paper assesses the accuracy of self-reported dates of last mammograms from a postal survey compared to dates of mammograms in medical records. METHODS The subjects included women 50 years of age and older who were members of a local health maintenance organization, had reported ever having a mammogram, and had completed a postal(More)
BACKGROUND Opioid use and dosing for patients with chronic non-cancer pain have dramatically increased over the past decade, resulting in a national epidemic of mortality associated with unintentional overdose, and increased risk of disability among injured workers. We assessed changes in opioid dosing patterns and opioid-related mortality in the Washington(More)