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rural, tobacco use, screening, primary care, electronic health records, EHR

Publication Title

Journal of Rural Health


Researchers at the Maine Rural Health Research Center, University of Southern Maine examined whether the use of electronic health records by rural primary care physicians facilitates their use of best practices in addressing tobacco dependence. The study used the National Ambulatory Medicare Care Survey (2012-2015) to explore how rurality and use of tobacco-related electronic health record functions were related to smoking status documentation and cessation treatment at adult primary care visits. Rural-urban comparisons were also examined.

The authors conclude that rural primary care physicians were at least as successful as their urban counterparts in leveraging electronic health records to enhance tobacco-related services, and that opportunities exist to expand cessation treatment in rural primary care.

FMI: Jean Talbot,


This study was supported by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under cooperative agreement U1CRH03716. The information, conclusions, and opinions expressed in this manuscript are those of the authors, and no endorsement by FORHP, HRSA, or HHS is intended or should be inferred.

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HRSA, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

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