Perception and use of the results of patient satisfaction surveys by care providers in a French teaching hospital

Laurent Boyer, Patrice Francois, Elisabeth Doutre, Georges Weil, Jose Labarere
2006 International Journal for Quality in Health Care  
Objectives. The aim of this study was to assess clinical staff's opinions on the results of in-patient satisfaction surveys and their use within the quality improvement process. Setting. The institution is a 2200-bed teaching hospital of tertiary health care employing 8000 professionals. Patient satisfaction surveys are carried out each year using a validated questionnaire mailed to a random sample of patients. The specific results of each department are sent to the medical and paramedical
more » ... ers. Methods. We conducted a questionnaire survey on 500 care providers randomly selected in every medical and surgical department. Results. A total of 261 questionnaires were returned and analysed. Overall, 94% of responders had a favourable opinion of the patient satisfaction surveys. They considered that the patient was able to judge hospital service quality, especially in its relational, organizational, and environmental dimensions. The specific results for the department were less well known than the overall hospital results (60 versus 76%). These results were formally discussed in the department according to 40% of responders; 40% declared that these data resulted in improvement actions and considered that they led to modifications in their behaviour with patients. Conclusions. Despite a declared interest in satisfaction surveys, the results remain underused by hospital staff and insufficiently discussed within teams. Keywords: continuous quality improvement, patient satisfaction survey, quality in health care Population and method Study design and population This study was based on a questionnaire sent to a random sample of 500 professionals among the clinical departments. A reminder was sent to non-respondents 2 weeks later. Address reprint requests to Laurent
doi:10.1093/intqhc/mzl029 pmid:16931825 fatcat:gvh3gdwk2jg3bbtipoyo3nx77m