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Adult CAHPS Survey - Smoking/Tobacco Cessation Break-Out Questions

MSC: Medical Assistance with Smoking and Tobacco Use Cessation: Percentage of survey respondents who indicate that they smoke cigarettes or use tobacco products every day or some days

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Notes on Methodology

  • This is a Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) measure and a Healthcare Effectiveness and Data Information Set (HEDIS) measure. 
  • The CAHPS survey looks at health care performance from the customer’s point of view.
  • Note: The response rate to the 2021 CAHPS survey was lower than previous years: 19.9% in 2021 and 25% in 2020.

Story Behind the Curve

One component of this survey measure assesses the level of tobacco use and three components of this measure assess different facets of providing medical assistance with smoking and tobacco use cessation:

  1. Percentage of survey respondents who indicate that they smoke cigarettes or use tobacco every day or some days.
  2. Advising Smokers and Tobacco Users to Quit: Adults 18 years of age and older who are current smokers or tobacco users and who received cessation advice during the measurement year.
  3. Discussing Cessation Medications: Adults 18 years of age and older who are current smokers or tobacco users and who discussed or were recommended cessation medications during the measurement year.
  4. Discussing Cessation Strategies: Adults 18 years of age and older who are current smokers or tobacco users who discussed or were provided cessation methods or strategies during the measurement year.

Smoking and tobacco use are the largest causes of preventable disease and death in the United States and in Vermont. Tobacco use causes disease in nearly every organ in the body.  Quitting smoking and tobacco use saves lives, reduces cancer and heart disease risk, and improves overall health. Comprehensive cessation interventions that motivate and help users to quit tobacco use can be very effective.  Health care providers also play an important role in supporting tobacco users and their efforts to quit. By asking, advising and counseling or making a referral to the state Quitline, providers are assisting with reducing the smoking prevalence among patients which continues to decline from 26.2% in 2021 to 25.8% in 2022.

Last updated:  03/2023

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