Karen Sherman

Affiliate Professor, Epidemiology



PhD Behavioral Biology, Cornell University, 1983
MPH Epidemiology, University of Washington, 1986



Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute
1730 Minor Avenue, Suite 1600
Seattle, WA 98101

Research Interests

My research interests focus in several related areas: the epidemiology and treatment of musculoskeletal pain, primarily back and neck pain; the use and evaluation of complementary and alternative therapies for common health conditions, research evaluating benefits of patient-centered care on health outcomes and evaluating various geriatric interventions.

Recent Publications (PubMed)

Acupuncture Intervention Protocol: Consensus Process for a Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial of Acupuncture for Management of Chronic Low Back Pain in Older Adults: An NIH HEAL Initiative Funded Project.
Glob Adv Health Med 10(): 21649561211007091
Nielsen A, Ocker L, Majd I, Draisin JA, Taromina K, Maggenti MT, Long J, Nolting M, Sherman KJ

The Intersection of Dissemination Research and Acupuncture: Applications for Chronic Low Back Pain.
Glob Adv Health Med 10(): 2164956120980694
Roseen EJ, Purtle J, Zhang W, Miller DW, Schwartz AW, Ramanadhan S, Sherman KJ

Providing Epidemiological Data in Lumbar Spine Imaging Reports Did Not Affect Subsequent Utilization of Spine Procedures: Secondary Outcomes from a Stepped-Wedge Randomized Controlled Trial.
(2021 Jun 4)
Pain Med 22(6): 1272-1280
Suri P, Meier EN, Gold LS, Marcum ZA, Johnston SK, James KT, Bresnahan BW, O'Reilly M, Turner JA, Kallmes DF, Sherman KJ, Deyo RA, Luetmer PH, Avins AL, Griffith B, Heagerty PJ, Rundell SD, Jarvik JG, Friedly JL

Effects of Including Epidemiologic Data in Lumbar Spine Imaging Reports on Prescribing Non-Opioid Medications for Pain.
(2021 Feb 8)
J Gen Intern Med
Marcum ZA, Gold LS, James KT, Meier EN, Turner JA, Kallmes DF, Cherkin DC, Deyo RA, Sherman KJ, Luetmer PH, Avins AL, Griffith B, Friedly JL, Suri P, Heagerty PJ, Jarvik JG

Do the effects of acupuncture vary between acupuncturists? Analysis of the Acupuncture Trialists' Collaboration individual patient data meta-analysis.
(2020 Dec 10)
Acupunct Med
Vickers AJ, Vertosick EA, Lewith G, MacPherson H, Foster NE, Sherman KJ, Irnich D, Witt CM, Linde K, Acupuncture Trialists’ Collaboration.

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In the News

Frequent Massage Works Best for Neck Pain
Annals of Family Medicine, 03/01/2014
Weekly Yoga Classes Effective in Reducing Back Pain in Low-Income Minorities
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 06/13/2013