Lars E. Peterson, MD, PhD

Rural and Underserved Health Research Center

Phone: 859.269.5626
Email: lpeterson@theabfm.org

College of Medicine, Family and Community Medicine
University of Kentucky
111 Washington Ave. Suite 101B
Lexington, KY 40536


Current Projects - (1)

  • Predictors of Buprenorphine Prescribing by Family Physicians in Rural Areas Nationally
    This project will examine how physician and practice-level characteristics are associated with family physicians prescribing buprenorphine for opioid use disorder across rural and urban areas. The study will make use of a unique dataset collected among family physicians nationally in 2017.
    Research center: Rural and Underserved Health Research Center
    Topics: Health disparities and health equity, Health services, Mental and behavioral health, Pharmacy and prescription drugs, Physicians, Substance use and treatment

Completed Projects - (1)

  • Variation in Scope of Practice and Medical Services Available at Family Physician Practices within Rural Areas
    Using data collected during recertification of family physicians by the American Board of Family Medicine, we will examine variation in the scope of practice of family physicians and services available in the primary practice site by degree of rurality and within rural categories by community-level deprivation, as well as variation by Patient Centered Medical Home status.
    Research center: Rural and Underserved Health Research Center
    Topics: Health disparities and health equity, Health services, Physicians

Publications - (2)

  • Rural Family Physicians Have a Broader Scope of Practice Than Urban Family Physicians
    Policy Brief
    Rural and Underserved Health Research Center
    Date: 02/2018
    While the scope of practice of family physicians has been shrinking, they still practice broadly, often due to fewer health care resources in rural areas. Using data from family physicians seeking continued board certification in 2014 and 2015, we found that a high percentage of rural family physicians provide nearly every clinical service queried.
  • Rural Family Physicians in Patient Centered Medical Homes Have a Broader Scope of Practice
    Policy Brief
    Rural and Underserved Health Research Center
    Date: 02/2018
    The Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is supposed to provide accessible and comprehensive care. Using data from family physicians seeking to continue their American Board of Family Medicine certification in 2014 and 2015, we found that rural family physicians in PCMH practices generally provide more services than those in non-PCMH practices.