Sarah J. Shoemaker-Hunt, Ph.D., PharmD, a Principal Associate with Abt Associates, is a health services researcher and implementation scientist who conducts research and provides technical assistance on opioid prescribing and management, opioid misuse and abuse, medication management and safety, primary care transformation, and quality improvement.  She has led dozens of studies for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other agencies, including several projects to implement and evaluate opioid prescribing and management practices in health systems and primary care practices across the country.  Dr. Shoemaker-Hunt led development of 16 QI measures aligned to the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, which were released along with implementation guidance and tools for health systems in the Quality Improvement and Care Coordination: Implementing the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. She currently leads an Opioid QI Collaborative of healthcare systems implementing the guideline and measuring their progress using the QI measures across two cohorts of systems, as well as an evaluation of the effects of opioid prescribing policies on chronic pain management practices, opioid prescribing and medication-assisted treatment (MAT).  Dr. Shoemaker-Hunt also leads and advises on AHRQ projects implementing opioid management in primary care practices using the Six Building Blocks and addressing opioid use in older adults. She has presented extensively on her opioid research and work at several national conferences, including the CMS Quality Conference, AcademyHealth 2018 and 2019, National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit, APHA Annual Meeting, and the Dissemination and Implementation Science Conference and has forthcoming publications on this work.  She served as a guest editor for journal supplements on implementation science and primary care practice improvement.  Dr. Shoemaker-Hunt received her PharmD from Creighton University (Omaha, NE) and PhD from the University of Minnesota. 


Authored by Sarah J. Shoemaker-Hunt, Ph.D., PharmD