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Document Type

DNP - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Nicole Gibson


Motivational interviewing, Cigarette smoking, rural adults


Cigarette smoking is a problematic health risk factor leading to many chronic complications. These complications include cancer, heart disease, and stroke. Cigarette smoking is a modifiable risk factor. This project aimed to increase an individual’s readiness and motivational level to quit smoking. This was a quality improvement project that took place in a rural Midwestern clinic. Motivational interviewing (MI) education and techniques were provided to the clinic provider. Then, a six week intervention period was carried out to determine if use of MI techniques made a difference in the participant’s motivation and readiness to quit levels. The results demonstrated a statistically significant change in the participant’s readiness to quit levels. Furthermore, a statistically significant positive correlation was demonstrated regarding a participant’s addiction level and pre- intervention levels. This project suggests MI techniques can be effectively utilized in the rural adult smoking population. The small sample size does recommend this process be repeated in the future.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Smoking cessation -- South Dakota
Motivational interviewing
Tobacco use -- Prevention
Rural health services


Includes bibliographical references (pages 45-52)



Number of Pages



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