Document Type: Original Article

Authors

1 Department of Emergency Medicine, Ayatollah Kashani Hospital, Tehran, Iran

2 Department of Emergency Medicine, Nekoee-Hedayati Hospital, Qom University of Medical Sciences, Qom, Iran

3 Department of Emergency Medicine, Shahid Beheshti Hospital, Qom University of Medical Sciences, Qom, Iran

Abstract

Objective: Patient satisfaction (PS) is a major quality assessment index for the emergency department (ED) which affects patient safety, litigation, reimbursements, and consumer satisfaction. In this study we aimed to recognize the factors affecting PS in our center.
Method: Random shifts during a week were selected and all patients disposed from the ED were asked to fill out a revised and validated Persian version of the Press-Ganey questionnaire with the help of a research assistant. Results were analyzed using a linear regression model by SPSS software version 21.
Results: Findings reaffirmed some of the factors previously described. These included longer door to treatment area times having a negative effect on satisfaction (P < 0.001), and providing vivid discharge information improving PS (P < 0.001). Other important factors were also found that had not previously been focused on, namely cleanliness of the area (P < 0.0001) and courtesy of the staff in charge of patient transfer (P = 0.03). We also found that men had a more satisfying ED experience (P = 0.002).
Conclusion: Cultural expectations may have an important effect on PS. Thus, every institution should determine and alter the expectations most relevant to them.

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