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Jennifer L Kuntz, PhD

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InstitutionKaiser Permanente Northwest
DepartmentCenter for Health Research - Northwest
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-0017-6853 Additional info
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    Jennifer Kuntz, PhD, is an epidemiologist who focuses on the natural history and burden of disease and the utilization, clinical effectiveness and safety of medications.

    Dr. Kuntz is involved in a range of studies in the fields of pharmacoepidemiology and infectious disease epidemiology. She has extensive training and experience in study design and statistical methods to conduct comparative effectiveness and drug safety research using electronic health records data. Dr. Kuntz also has particular expertise in the epidemiology and prediction of health care- and community-associated Clostridium difficile infection.

    Dr. Kuntz received her MS and PhD in epidemiology from the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health, where she was a Merck Pre-Doctoral Fellow in Pharmacoepidemiology.

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    U01FD004258     (KUNTZ, JENNIFER L.)Sep 15, 2011 - Sep 14, 2012
    FDA
    Predicting the risk of C. difficile infection to improve fluoroquinolone use
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Frank LD, Kuntz JL, Chapman JE, Fox EH, Dickerson JF, Meenan RT, Saelens BE, Young DR, Boone-Heinonen J, Fortmann SP. The Health and economic effects of light rail lines: design, methods, and protocol for a natural experiment. BMC Public Health. 2019 Feb 15; 19(1):200. PMID: 30770737.
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    2. Kuntz JL, Firemark A, Schneider J, Henninger M, Bok K, Naleway A. Development of an Intervention to Reduce Pain and Prevent Syncope Related to Adolescent Vaccination. Perm J. 2019; 23:17-136. PMID: 30624195.
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    3. Kuntz JL, Kouch L, Christian D, Hu W, Peterson PL. Patient Education and Pharmacist Consultation Influence on Nonbenzodiazepine Sedative Medication Deprescribing Success for Older Adults. Perm J. 2019; 23:18-161. PMID: 30624198.
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    4. Smith DH, Kuntz JL, DeBar LL, Mesa J, Yang X, Schneider J, Petrik A, Reese K, Thorsness LA, Boardman D, Johnson ES. A randomized, pragmatic, pharmacist-led intervention reduced opioids following orthopedic surgery. Am J Manag Care. 2018 Nov; 24(11):515-521. PMID: 30452208.
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    5. Tartof SY, Kuntz JL, Chen LH, Wei R, Puzniak L, Tian Y, Im TM, Takhar HS, Merchant S, Lodise T. Development and Assessment of Risk Scores for Carbapenem and Extensive ß-Lactam Resistance Among Adult Hospitalized Patients With Pseudomonas aeruginosa Infection. JAMA Netw Open. 2018 Oct 05; 1(6):e183927. PMID: 30646267.
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    6. Adams AL, Adams JL, Raebel MA, Tang BT, Kuntz JL, Vijayadeva V, McGlynn EA, Gozansky WS. Bisphosphonate Drug Holiday and Fracture Risk: A Population-Based Cohort Study. J Bone Miner Res. 2018 Jul; 33(7):1252-1259. PMID: 29529334.
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    7. Henninger ML, Kuntz JL, Firemark AJ, Varga AM, Bok K, Naleway AL. Feasibility of a pilot intervention to reduce pain and syncope during adolescent vaccination. Vaccine. 2018 06 22; 36(27):3937-3942. PMID: 29805090.
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    8. Smith DH, Kuntz J, DeBar L, Mesa J, Yang X, Boardman D, Schneider J. A qualitative study to develop materials educating patients about opioid use before and after total hip or total knee arthroplasty. J Opioid Manag. 2018 May/Jun; 14(3):183-190. PMID: 30044483.
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    9. Carnahan RM, Kuntz JL, Wang SV, Fuller C, Gagne JJ, Leonard CE, Hennessy S, Meyer T, Archdeacon P, Chen CY, Panozzo CA, Toh S, Katcoff H, Woodworth T, Iyer A, Axtman S, Chrischilles EA. Evaluation of the US Food and Drug Administration sentinel analysis tools in confirming previously observed drug-outcome associations: The case of clindamycin and Clostridium difficile infection. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2018 Jul; 27(7):731-739. PMID: 29532543.
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    10. Kuntz J, Crane B, Weinmann S, Naleway AL. Myocarditis and pericarditis are rare following live viral vaccinations in adults. Vaccine. 2018 03 14; 36(12):1524-1527. PMID: 29456017.
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    11. Kuntz J, Kouch L, Christian D, Peterson PL, Gruss I. Barriers and Facilitators to the Deprescribing of Nonbenzodiazepine Sedative Medications Among Older Adults. Perm J. 2018; 22:17-157. PMID: 29702055.
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    12. Rahman A, Perri A, Deegan A, Kuntz J, Cawthorpe D. On Becoming Trauma-Informed: Role of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Survey in Tertiary Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and the Association with Standard Measures of Impairment and Severity. Perm J. 2018; 22:17-054. PMID: 29401055.
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    13. Bosworth HB, Fortmann SP, Kuntz J, Zullig LL, Mendys P, Safford M, Phansalkar S, Wang T, Rumptz MH. Recommendations for Providers on Person-Centered Approaches to Assess and Improve Medication Adherence. J Gen Intern Med. 2017 01; 32(1):93-100. PMID: 27599489.
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    14. Kuntz JL, Baker JM, Kipnis P, Li SX, Liu V, Xie Y, Marcella S, Escobar GJ. Utilization of Health Services Among Adults With Recurrent Clostridium difficile Infection: A 12-Year Population-Based Study. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2017 01; 38(1):45-52. PMID: 27760583.
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    15. Kuntz JL, Smith DH, Petrik AF, Yang X, Thorp ML, Barton T, Barton K, Labreche M, Spindel SJ, Johnson ES. Predicting the Risk of Clostridium difficile Infection upon Admission: A Score to Identify Patients for Antimicrobial Stewardship Efforts. Perm J. 2016; 20(1):20-5. PMID: 26845084.
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    16. Hansen C, Andrade SE, Freiman H, Dublin S, Haffenreffer K, Cooper WO, Cheetham TC, Toh S, Li DK, Raebel MA, Kuntz JL, Perrin N, Rosales AG, Carter S, Pawloski PA, Maloney EM, Graham DJ, Sahin L, Scott PE, Yap J, Davis R. Trimethoprim-sulfonamide use during the first trimester of pregnancy and the risk of congenital anomalies. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2016 Feb; 25(2):170-8. PMID: 26599424.
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    17. Young-Xu Y, Kuntz JL, Gerding DN, Neily J, Mills P, Dubberke ER, Olsen MA, Kelly CP, Mahé C. Clostridium difficile Infection Among Veterans Health Administration Patients. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2015 Sep; 36(9):1038-45. PMID: 26047207.
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    18. Davis RL, Gallagher MA, Asgari MM, Eide MJ, Margolis DJ, Macy E, Burmester JK, Selvam N, Boscarino JA, Cromwell LF, Feigelson HS, Kuntz JL, Pawloski PA, Penfold RB, Raebel MA, Sridhar G, Wu A, La Grenade LA, Pacanowski MA, Pinheiro SP. Identification of Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis in electronic health record databases. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2015 Jul; 24(7):684-92. PMID: 25914229.
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    19. Kuntz JL, Polgreen PM. The importance of considering different healthcare settings when estimating the burden of Clostridium difficile. Clin Infect Dis. 2015 Mar 15; 60(6):831-6. PMID: 25477426.
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    20. Kuntz JL, Johnson ES, Raebel MA, Platt RW, Petrik AF, Yang X, Thorp ML, Spindel SJ, Neil N, Smith DH. Predicting the risk of Clostridium difficile infection following an outpatient visit: development and external validation of a pragmatic, prognostic risk score. Clin Microbiol Infect. 2015 Mar; 21(3):256-62. PMID: 25658533.
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    21. Kuntz JL, Safford MM, Singh JA, Phansalkar S, Slight SP, Her QL, Lapointe NA, Mathews R, O'Brien E, Brinkman WB, Hommel K, Farmer KC, Klinger E, Maniam N, Sobko HJ, Bailey SC, Cho I, Rumptz MH, Vandermeer ML, Hornbrook MC. Patient-centered interventions to improve medication management and adherence: a qualitative review of research findings. Patient Educ Couns. 2014 Dec; 97(3):310-26. PMID: 25264309.
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    22. Kuntz JL, Johnson ES, Raebel MA, Petrik AF, Yang X, Thorp ML, Spindel SJ, Neil N, Smith DH. Epidemiology and healthcare costs of incident Clostridium difficile infections identified in the outpatient healthcare setting. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2012 Oct; 33(10):1031-8. PMID: 22961023.
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    23. Kuntz JL, Johnson ES, Raebel MA, Petrik AF, Yang X, Thorp ML, Spindel SJ, Neil N, Smith DH. Clostridium difficile infection, Colorado and the northwestern United States, 2007. Emerg Infect Dis. 2012 Jun; 18(6):960-2. PMID: 22608207.
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    24. Kuntz JL, Chrischilles EA, Pendergast JF, Herwaldt LA, Polgreen PM. Incidence of and risk factors for community-associated Clostridium difficile infection: a nested case-control study. BMC Infect Dis. 2011 Jul 15; 11:194. PMID: 21762504.
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    25. Polgreen PM, Yang M, Kuntz JL, Laxminarayan R, Cavanaugh JE. Using oral vancomycin prescriptions as a proxy measure for Clostridium difficile infections: a spatial and time series analysis. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2011 Jul; 32(7):723-6. PMID: 21666407.
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    26. Kuntz JL, Yang M, Cavanaugh J, Saftlas AF, Polgreen PM. Trends in Clostridium difficile infection among peripartum women. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2010 May; 31(5):532-4. PMID: 20350150.
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    27. Kuntz JL, Holley S, Helms CM, Cavanaugh JE, Vande Berg J, Herwaldt LA, Polgreen PM. Use of a pandemic preparedness drill to increase rates of influenza vaccination among healthcare workers. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2008 Feb; 29(2):111-5. PMID: 18179365.
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    28. Herwaldt LA, Appelgate D, Kuntz J, Chen Y, Pottinger JM. Infection control resources in Iowa. Am J Infect Control. 2007 Dec; 35(10):662-5. PMID: 18063131.
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    29. Kuntz JL, Cavanaugh JE, Becker LK, Ward MA, Appelgate DM, Herwaldt LA, Polgreen PM. Clostridium difficile-associated disease in patients in a small rural hospital. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2007 Nov; 28(11):1236-9. PMID: 17926273.
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    30. Frey M, Jaulhac B, Piemont Y, Marcellin L, Boohs PM, Vautravers P, Jesel M, Kuntz JL, Monteil H, Sibilia J. Detection of Borrelia burgdorferi DNA in muscle of patients with chronic myalgia related to Lyme disease. Am J Med. 1998 Jun; 104(6):591-4. PMID: 9674723.
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    31. Michel C, Cribier B, Sibilia J, Kuntz JL, Grosshans E. Nail abnormalities in rheumatoid arthritis. Br J Dermatol. 1997 Dec; 137(6):958-62. PMID: 9470915.
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    32. Jaulhac B, Chary-Valckenaere I, Sibilia J, Javier RM, Piémont Y, Kuntz JL, Monteil H, Pourel J. Detection of Borrelia burgdorferi by DNA amplification in synovial tissue samples from patients with Lyme arthritis. Arthritis Rheum. 1996 May; 39(5):736-45. PMID: 8639170.
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    33. Kuntz JL, Lecocq J, Lelièvre JP, Asch L. [Cardiac manifestations of the Fiessinger-Leroy-Reiter syndrome. Apropos of a case report following Yersinia enterocolitica infection]. Rev Rhum Mal Osteoartic. 1982 Dec; 49(12):897-901. PMID: 7163758.
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