ASSESSMENT OF PATIENTS’ SATISFACTION IN MEDICAL AND SURGICAL WARDS IN A TERTIARY CARE HOSPITAL
AbstractBackground: Evolution is the natural process that is not limited merely to the biological world but tothe social world as well. The standards of living and the expectations change with time. This study wasdone to generate data that can help doctors and hospital administration to identify and solve problems.Methods: It was a cross-sectional study conducted at a major tertiary care hospital of KPK through themonth of July 2012. An interviewer based patient satisfaction questionnaire was used to estimatepatients’ satisfaction by asking questions regarding admission procedure, referral, clinical and labinvestigation services, attitude of doctors and nurses, nursing services, cleanliness condition of thewards and overall level of satisfaction. Results: Study included 305 patients, 205 from surgical wards(144 males, 61 females) and 100 from Medical wards (52 males, 48 female). Satisfaction level washigh among females than males. Most of the patients having low level of education and unemployedpatients were satisfied. Cleanliness condition of wards and bathrooms was highly criticised. Attitude ofdoctors and nurses was much appreciated. About 70% of the patients were satisfied with explanationregarding their disease. More than half (59%) were not aware of post-surgical complications, and 67%were not aware of the use and possible side-effects of medication. About half of the patients couldn’tutilise hospital lab. Overall satisfaction level was 68% in medical wards and 77% in surgical wards.Conclusions: Overall level of satisfaction was fair in both wards. Attitude of doctors and nursing staffwas appreciated, but cleanliness conditions were criticised. There is a need for availability of freemedicine and improvement of laboratory services and cleanliness.Keywords: Patients’ satisfaction, Patients’ experience, Quality of care
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