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Integration of Health Protection and Health Promotion: Rationale, Indicators, and Metrics (with Glorian Sorenson, Deborah McClellan, Jack T. Dennerlein, Nicolaas P. Pronk, Jennifer D. Allen, Leslie I. Boden, Cassadra Okechukwu, Anne Stoddard, and Gregory Wagner), Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine (2013)

Objective: To offer a definition of an “integrated” approach to worker health and operationalize this...

 

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Results of a Pilot Intervention to Improve Health and Safety for Health Care Workers (with Caitlin Eicher Caspi, Jack T. Dennerlein, Christopher Kenwood, Anne M. Stoddard, Karen Hopcia, and Glorian Sorensen), Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine (2013)

Objective: To test the feasibility of a multicomponent pilot intervention to improve worker safety and...

 

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Association Between Work-Family Conflict and Musculoskeletal Pain among Hospital Patient Care Workers (with Seung-Sup Kim ScD, Cassandra A. Okechukwu ScD, Orfeu M. Buxton PhD, Jack T. Dennerlein PhD, Leslie I. Boden PhD, and Glorian Sorenson PhD), American Journal of Industrial Medicine (2013)

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A growing body of evidence suggests that work–family conflict is an important risk factor...

 

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Association between Perceived Inadequate Staffing and Musculoskeletal Pain among Hospital Patient Care Workers (with Seung-Sip Kim, Cassandra A. Okechukwu, Jack T. Dennerlein, Leslie I. Borden, Karen Hopcia, and Glorian Sorensen), International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health (2013)

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To examine association between perceived inadequate staffing and musculoskeletal pain and to evaluate the...

 

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Barriers to Use of Workers' Compensation for Patient Care at Massachusetts Community Health Centers (with Lenore S. Azaroff Sc.D.; Letitia K. Davis Sc.D., M.Ed.; Robert Naparstek M.D.; James R. Laing B.S.; and David H. Wegman M.D., M.S.O.H.), Health Services Research (2013)

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To examine barriers community health centers (CHCs) face in using workers' compensation insurance (WC)....

 

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Musculoskeletal Pain and Psychological Distress in Hospital Patient Care Workers (with Silje Endresen Reme, Jack T. Dennerlein, and Glorian Sorensen), Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation (2012)

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The aim of the study was to assess the association of psychological distress and...

 

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Ergonomic Practices within Patient Care Units are Associated with Musculoskeletal Pain and Limitations (with Jack T. Denerlein PhD, Karen Hopcia ScD, Christopher Kenwood MS, Anne M. Stoddard ScD, T. Helene Tveito PhD, and Glorian Sorenson PhD), American Journal of Industrial Medicine (2012)

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With the high prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) for patient care unit workers, prevention...

 

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Occupational Injuries for Consecutive and Cumulative Shifts Among Hospital Registered Nurses and Patient Care Asscoiates: A Case-Control Study (with Karen Hopcia ScD, ANP-BC; Jack Tigh Dennerlein PhD; Terry Orechia MS; and Glorian Sorensen PhD, MPH), Workplace Health & Safety (2012)

Nontraditional work shifts for hospital registered nurses and patient care associates and associated injuries were...

 

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Relationship of Sleep Deficiency to Perceived Pain and Functional Limitations in Hospital Patient Care Workers (with Orfeu M. Buxton PhD; Karen Hopcia NP; Grace Sembajwe ScD, MSc; James H. Porter BS; Jack T. Dennerlein PhD; Christopher Kenwood MS; Anne M. Stoddard ScD; and Glorian Sorensen PhD, MPH), Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (2012)

Objective: Health care workers are at high risk of developing musculoskeletal symptoms and pain. This...

 

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Musculoskeletal Pain and Psychological Distress in Hospital Patient Care Workers (with Sijn Endresen Reme, Jack T. Dennerlein, and Glorian Sorenson), Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation (2012)

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The aim of the study was to assess the association of psychological distress and...

 

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Occupational Injuries Among Nurses and Aides in a Hospital Setting (with Leslie I. Boden PhD; Grace Sembajwe ScD; Torill H. Tveito PhD; Karen Hopcia PhD; Christopher Kenwood MS; Anne M. Stoddard ScD; and Glorian Sorenson PhD, MPH), American Journal of Industrial Medicine (2011)

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Patient care workers in acute care hospitals are at high risk of injury. Recent...

 

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The Role of the Work Context in Multiple Wellness Outcomes for Hospital Patient Care Workers (with Glorian Sorensen, Anne M. Stoddard, Sonia Stoffel, Orfeu Buxton, Grace Sembajwe, Jack T. Dennerlien, and Karen Hopcia), Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (2011)

Objective: To examine the relationships among low back pain (LBP), inadequate physical activity, and sleep...

 

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Extended Work Duration and the Risk of Self-Reported Percutaneous Injuries in Interns (with Najib T. Ayas, Laura K. Barger, Brian E. Cade, Bernard Rosner, John W. Cronin, Frank E. Speizer, and Charles A. Czeisler), JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association (2006)

Context: In their first year of postgraduate training, interns commonly work shifts that are longer...

 

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Pediatric Use of Complementary Therapies: Ethical and Policy Choices (with Michael H. Cohen, Kathi J. Kemper, Laura Stevens, and Joan Gilmour), Pediatrics (2005)

Objective: Many pediatricians and parents are beginning to integrate use of complementary and alternative medical...

 

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The Proposed Patients' Bill of Rights: The Case of the Missing Equal Protection Clause, Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law and Ethics (2001)

Congress is considering passing a patients' bill of rights. The proposed reform provides for appeals...

 
Workers' Compensation Reform: 180 Days in Massachusetts (with Jane L. Freedman, James J. Campbell, and Donna Ward), Occupational Medicine: State of the Art Reviews (1998)
 

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The Prevalence of Pulmonary and Upper Respiratory Tract Symptoms and Spirometric Test Findings Among Newspaper Pressroom Workers Exposed to Solvents (with Burton W. Lee, Karl T. Kelsey, Barbara Yakes, Teresa Seitz, and David Christiani), Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine (1997)

To investigate the relationship between exposure to organic solvents and the presence of pulmonary and...

 

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Science as Mythology in Constitutional Law, Oregon Law Review (1997)
 
Defining the Role of Managed Care in Workers' Compensation, Occupational Medicine: State of the Art Reviews (1996)
 
Levels of Blood and Bone of Women Giving Birth in a Boston Hospital (with Howard Hu and Michael Besser), Archives of Environmental Health (1996)
 

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The Legacy of Korematsu v. United States: A Dangerous Narrative Retold, UCLA Asian Pacific American Law Journal (1996)
 
Casualties of War, Boston College Magazine (1993)
 

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Should Asbestos in Buildings Be Regulated on an Environmental or Occupational Basis? (with Troyen A. Brennan and David C. Christiani), Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences (1991)

The issue of asbestos abatement in buildings may be viewed as part of a larger...

 
Occupational Skin Disease in Newspaper Pressroom Workers (with K. Kelsey, Teresa Seitz, H. Feldman, B. Yakes, and David Christiani), JOM: Journal of Occupational Medicine (1991)
 
The Presence of Urinary Cellular Sediment and Albuminuria in Newspaper Pressworkers Exposed to Solvents (with K. Kelsey, Teresa Seitz, H. Feldman, B. Yakes, and D. Christiani), JOM: Journal of Occupational Medicine (1991)
 

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Professor Katz's Study of Human Relationships (with Mark E. Haddad), Law, Medicine, and Health Care (1988)
 

Books

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Longer-Term Use of Opioids (with Dongchung Wang and Kathryn Mueller), Workers Compensation Research Institute Report (2012)

With opioid misuse a top public health problem in the United States, this study examined...

 

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Interstate Variation in Use of Narcotics (with Dongchun Wang and Kathryn Mueller) (2011)
 

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Interstate Variations in Medical Practice Patterns for Low Back Conditions (with Dongchun Wang, Kathryn Mueller, Sharon Belton, and Xiaoping Zho) (2008)
 

Selected Professional Activities

The Affordable Care Act, Boston College Law School Democrats (2013)
 
An introduction to the Affordable Care Act, Boston College Medical Humanities (2013)
 
The Potential Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Workers' Compensation, American Insurance Association National Meeting (2013)
 
The Impact of the Affordable Care Act, National Association of Workers' Compensation Judiciary Annual Conference (2013)

The most significant healthcare legislation to become law in America in decades is the Affordable...

 
The Affordable Care Act and Workers' Compensation, Workers' Compensation Institute Annual Conference (2013)
 
Pain Management: Dealing with the Opioid Epidemic, Self-Insurance Group Association of Massachusetts Conference (2013)
 
Opioid Problem in Workers' Compensation, Workers Compensation Research Institute web seminar (2013)
 
Overview on the Current Challenges of the Massachusetts Workers' Compensation System, Boston University School of Medicine Conference (2013)
 
The Significance of Korematsu v. United States in the Modern Day, Japanese Internment in World War II, sponsored by the Northeastern Law School Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) (2013)
 
The Opioid Epidemic: State Treatment Guidelines, Workers' Compensation Research Institute Annual Issues & Research Conference (2013)
 
Chronic Pain Treatment: Massachusetts as a Case Study, 13th Annual Workers' Compensation Law Conference, MCLE (2012)

A lecture given as part of a session entitled Dealing with Chronic Pain Under the...

 
William B. Patterson Memorial Lecture: As Health Care Reform Evolves, What is Our Role?, New England Conference for Physicians and Nurses, New England College of Occupational Medicine and Mass. Occupational Health Nurses Association (2012)

Honorary lecture awarded in recognition of national expertise in occupational health

 
Clinical Management of Chronic Pain and Narcotics, Absence Management Summit, Raytheon Corporation (2012)

A lecture given at a conference on absence management in workplaces.

 
Massachusetts Chronic Pain Guideline, Chronic Pain Conference, Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents (2012)

A presentation on the new clinical pain treatment guideline in workers' compensation.

 
Putting Guidelines into Practice: The Case of Partners HealthCare, Work, Health, and Wellbeing in the Workplace, Harvard School of Public Health (2012)

A lecture given at the Harvard School of Public Health on the role of health...

 
Chronic Pain Guidelines in Workers' Compensation, Workers' Compensation National Conference, TKCK Law Firm (2012)

A lecture given on new chronic pain clinical guidelines in workers' compensation at the Workers'...

 
The Role of Employer-based Health Insurance in Health Care Reform, Boston College Law School Brown Bag Presentation (2012)

A BC Law Brown Bag presentation on employer health insurance.

 
Issues of Chronic Pain Treatment and Narcotics: What is the Massachusetts' Experience?, Conference of Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents administrative judges (2012)
 
Employment Law Issues and Biological Exposures, Eagleson Institute and Elizabeth R. Griffin Research Foundation (2012)

A lecture given on employment law issues related to biological laboratory exposures at the 3rd...

 
Flu Shot Immunizations of Health Care Workers: Data From the Past 10 Years, 16th Annual Adult Immunization Conference, Masspro and the Mass. Dept. of Public Health (2011)
 
The Potential Impact of Health Care Reform on Workers' Compensation, ABA Conference: 100th Anniversary of Workers' Compensation (2011)
 
Integrated Approaches to Improving the Health and Safety of Health Care Workers, American Occupational Health Conference (2011)
 
Panelist, Use of Evidence-Based Treatment Guidelines in Workers' Compensation, Workers Compensation Institute's 27th Annual Issues and Research Conference (2010)
 
Use of Evidence-Based Treatment Guidelines in Workers' Compensation, Workers Research Institute's 27th Annual Issues and Research Conference (2010)
 
Panelist, Justice Brennan: Liberal Champion, Tufts University (2010)
 
Judging Scientific Evidence at the Cutting Edge, Conference for Massachusetts Apellate Judges (2006)
 
The Role of Medical Treatment Guidelines in Workers’ Compensation, Featured Speaker at the Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents Office of Health Policy (2006)
 
Japanese American Internment, Korematsu, and Its Continuing Impact, AG Institute Distinguished Lecture Series sponsored by the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General (2006)
 
Race, Resistance, and Reconciliation: Japanese American Resisters from World War II, Organization of American Historians conference (2006)
 
Should the Patients' Bill of Rights Include Affirmative Action?, Symposium on Current Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health (2006)