Volume 52 | Number 1 | February 2017

Abstract List

Eleanor Winpenny Ph.D., Marc N. Elliott, Ann Haas M.S.,M.P.H, Amelia M. Haviland Ph.D., Nate Orr M.A., William G. Shadel Ph.D., Sai Ma Ph.D., Mark W. Friedberg M.D.,M.P.P., Paul D. Cleary Ph.D.


To examine the relationship between physician advice to quit smoking and patient care experiences.

Data Source

The 2012 Medicare Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems () surveys.

Study Design

Fixed‐effects linear regression models were used to analyze cross‐sectional survey data, which included a nationally representative sample of 26,432 smokers aged 65+.

Principal Findings

Eleven of 12 patient experience measures were significantly more positive among smokers who were always advised to quit smoking than those advised to quit less frequently. There was an attenuated but still significant and positive association of advice to quit smoking with both physician rating and physician communication, after controlling for other measures of care experiences.


Physician‐provided cessation advice was associated with more positive patient assessments of their physicians.