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Association of Satisfactory Smoking Cessation Support Services and Treatment Administered with Successful Quitting of Smoking in Korea
J Korean Soc Res Nicotine Tob 2019; 10(2): 62-71
Published online December 15, 2019
© 2019 The Korean Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco.

Chanmin Lee1, Ja-Mi Cho1, Kyoung-Jin Kim1*, Eun-Jung Oh1, Jinyoung Shin1, Jae-Kyung Choi1, Hyuk-Jung Kweon1, Min-woo Jo2, Yu-Jin Paek3

1Department of Family Medicine, Konkuk University School of Medicine, Seoul, 2Department of Family Medicine, Asan Medical Center, College of Medicine, University of Ulsan, Ulsan, 3Department of Family Medicine, Hallym University School of Medicine, Chuncheon, Korea
Correspondence to: *源寃쎌쭊
嫄닿뎅븰援 쓽븰쟾臾몃븰썝 媛젙쓽븰援먯떎
Received June 7, 2019; Revised August 20, 2019; Accepted August 21, 2019.
This is an Open-Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, dis-tribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Background: Smoking cessation clinic service is provided in public health center since 2005 in Korea, and it has been included in the National Health Insurance Service since 2015. This cross-sectional study investigated factors affecting satisfaction with the service and differences in satisfaction rates between smokers who were successful and unsuccessful in quitting smoking.
Methods: A satisfaction survey was administered to 1,500 participants in 2016; of these, 1,418 answered all the satisfaction items. The success and failure of smoking cessation were defined as whether the individual had smoked during the week before taking the questionnaire. Chi-square test was used to evaluate differences in the respondents' satisfaction with the smoking cessation support services and with the treatment received from physicians. Logistic regression analysis was used to determine the factors associated with the satisfaction rate.
Results: Of the 1,418 respondents, 644 successfully quit smoking and 774 failed to quit. The satisfaction rates for the support services and treatment were significantly higher in the success group. Multivariate analysis showed that successful smoking cessation was an independent factor that increased satisfaction with both the support services (odds ratio, 3.70; 95% confidence interval, 2.45–5.59) and treatment by the physician (odds ratio, 2.06; 95% confidence interval, 1.44–2.96).
Conclusion: Successful smoking cessation was an independent factor related to satisfaction with the support service and treatment by the physician. Satisfaction rates differed with age, sex, and hypertension. To increase satisfaction rates, medical staff should provide targeted treatments considering each individual's characteristics.
Keywords : Smoking cessation; Satisfaction survey; National Health Insurance Service; Associated factor
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