Karen Blumenschein

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245 Bio Pharm Complex
789 South Limestone Street
Lexington, KY 40536-0596

phone: 859-257-5778
fax: 859-323-0069

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  • Associate Professor
    Pharmacy Practice and Science Department
  • Associate Professor (Joint Appointment)
    Martin School of Public Policy and Administration
  • Full Member
    Graduate Faculty, University of Kentucky


  • B.A. (Economics)
    Transylvania University
  • B.S. (Pharmacy)
    University of Kentucky
  • Pharm. D.
    University of Kentucky
  • Pharmacy Practice Residency
    Chandler Medical Center, University of Kentucky
  • Fellowship in Health Economics
    University of Kentucky


  • Pharmacist
    Commonwealth of Kentucky


Karen Blumenschein - Pharm.D.

The focus of Dr. Blumenschein's teaching includes the areas of research design, medical literature evaluation and health outcomes assessment. She coordinates "The Evidence Base of Pharmacy Practice" course taken by all second-year students in the UK College of Pharmacy. In addition to didactic teaching, she coordinates the dual PharmD/MPA, PharmD/MPP and PharmD/MBA programs at UK with more than 40 graduates since 1999. Dr. Blumenschein has provided faculty mentoring for a number of student research projects, including two Merck Research Scholars, three AFPE "Gateway to Research" Scholars, and two NACDS Research Scholars. She has served as the University of Kentucky NCPA faculty liaison since 2001 and has been faculty advisor for five NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Business Plan Competition submissions.

Dr. Blumenschein's primary research interest is validity issues associated with non-market valuation methods. Other research interests include incorporating quality of life into health economic evaluations and estimation of the patient-perceived value of community pharmacy services. Her research has received extramural funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the pharmaceutical industry, and various foundations. She is the author of scholarly work in both the economics and pharmacy literature.

Dr. Blumenschein serves as Vice-Chair for the University's Medical Institutional Review Board. Outside the University, she is a member of the Board of Directors for the American Pharmacy Services Corporation Foundation for Education and Research. She has served as a consultant for the U.S. Bureau of Primary Health Care Office of Pharmacy Affairs, the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved, and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

Selected Honors

  • US Surgical Endowed Professorship in Pharmacy Administration (January 2007 – present)
  • Rho Chi Distinguished Alumni, Alpha Xi Chapter (2007)
  • NCPA Foundation Faculty Liaison Award (2006)
  • NCPA Foundation Research Award (2004)
  • ACCP Pharmacoeconomics Research Award (2000)
  • PhRMA Faculty Development Award in Pharmacoeconomics

Selected Publications/Presentations

  • Comer D, Mabins M, Butler JS, Blumenschein K. Patient Interpretation of Prescription Order Quantitative Statements (forthcoming, Journal of the American Pharmacists Association).
  • Fink III JL, Talbert J, Blumenschein K. Policy-Related Degree Options for Pharmacists Interested in Careers in the Health Care Field. Hospital Pharmacy 2010;45(2):135-141.
  • Blomquist GC, Blumenschein K, Johannesson M. Eliciting Willingness to Pay without Bias Using Follow-up Certainity Statements: Comparison between Probably/Definitely and a 10-point Certainty Scale. Environmental and Resource Economics 2009;43:473-502.
  • Johnson C, Nicholas A, Divine H, Perrier D, Blumenschein K, Steinke D. Outcomes from DiabetesCARE: A Pharmacist Provided Diabetes Management Service. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association 2008; 48(6):722-730..
  • Divine H, Nicholas A, Johnson C, Perrier D, Steinke D, Blumenschein K. PharmacistCARE: Description of a Pharmacist Care Service and Lessons Learned Along the Way. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association 2008; 48(6):793-802.
  • Senft S, Thompson C, Blumenschein K. Dual degree options at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 2008; 72 (1): 12-22.
  • Blumenschein K, Blomquist GC, Johannesson M, Horn N, Freeman P. Eliciting willingness to pay without bias: evidence from a field experiment. The Economic Journal 2008; 118(January): 114-137.
  • Blumenschein K, Patient-Reported Outcomes: Quality of Life and Patient Preferences. In: Richardson M, Chant C, Cheng JWM, Chessman KH, Hume AL, Hutchinson LC, et al, eds. Pharmacotherapy Self-Assessment Program, Health Promotion and Maintenance, 6th edition. Lenexa, KS: American College of Clinical Pharmacy, 2008;51-69.
  • Moy ML, Fuhlbrigge AL, Blumenschein K, Chapman R, Zillich A, Kuntz KM, Paltiel AD, Kitch BT, Weiss ST, Neumann PJ. Association between Utilities and Asthma Severity. Annals of Allergy Asthma and Immunology 2004; 92:329 - 334.
  • Zillich AJ, Blumenschein K, Johannesson M, Freeman P. Assessment of the Relationship between Objective Measures of Disease Severity, Quality of Life and Willingness to Pay in Asthma. PharmacoEconomics 2002; 20(4); 257-265.
  • Blumenschein K, Johannesson M, Yokoyama K. Hypothetical vs. Real Willingness to Pay in the Health Sector: Results from a Field Experiment. Journal of Health Economics 2001; 20:441-457.
  • Liljas B, Blumenschein K. A Review of Hypothetical Bias and Calibration in Willingness to Pay Studies. Health Policy 2000; 52: 53-70.

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