Despite various anti-smoking policies, the smoking rate in adults is still high in Korea. Doctors’ advice is known to increase the smoking cessation success rate. However, few studies have reported the effect of having a usual source of care (USC) on receiving smoking cessation advice.
To determine the effect of USC on receiving smoking cessation advice.
We performed multiple panel logistic regression analyses to identify the effect of having a USC on the rate of receiving a doctor’s smoking cessation advice using 2009, 2012 and 2013 datasets from the Korea Health Panel database. Only people who responded to questions regarding a USC and smoking cessation advice were analysed. Eventually, 5243 observations were included in the final analysis.
A higher percentage of people with a USC received smoking cessation advice from doctors (58.4% in 2009, 64.0% in 2012 and 59.6% in 2013) than those not having a USC (28.6% in 2009, 37.5% in 2012 and 34.8% in 2013). The odds ratios (ORs) of receiving smoking cessation advice in people with a USC were higher than those of people without a USC after performing multiple panel logistic regression analysis with random effects (OR: 2.24; 95% confidence interval: 1.90-2.63).
Having a USC increased the odds of receiving a doctor’s smoking cessation advice in Koreans. The results of this study suggest that a health care policy that encourages having a USC is useful in receiving more smoking cessation advice in a Korean population.

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