What health professionals can do to identify and resolve patient dissatisfaction.
Patient satisfaction affects consistency of self-care, health outcomes, level of service utilization, choice of health professionals, and decisions to sue in the face of adverse outcomes.
Understanding patients'specific dissatisfactions may help health professionals and administrators identify and rectify organizational deficiencies before they become costly.
Common causes of complaints : As part of a series of research projects, more than 12,000 patient/family complaint narratives were examined in which patients or patients'family members told interviews or patient advocates about the care they received from their health professionals in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Complaints may be categorized as involving issues of care and treatment, communication, humaneness, access and availability, environment, and billing/payment.
Strategies for resolving complaints : Even though caregivers may not have control over all the factors that lead to dissatisfaction, they can often hear and address complaints.
As a result, they may not only contribute to quality of care but improve the systems in which they practice.
The challenges are how to prevent dissatisfaction in the first place, and, if it does occur, to identify and if possible rectify patient concerns.
Three case studies are provided.
All health professionals must be involved in efforts to resolve problems that compromise patient care. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Personnel sanitaire, Travailleur social, Ethique, Malade, Justice, Milieu familial, Population, Démographie, Entretien, Processus, Méthodologie, Information, Satisfaction, Utilisateur, Groupe familial, Connaissance, Synthèse
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Health staff, Social worker, Ethics, Patient, Justice, Family environment, Population, Demography, Interview, Process, Methodology, Information, Satisfaction, User, Family group, Knowledge, Synthesis
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ORS Auvergne - Observatoire Régional de la Santé d'Auvergne
Code Inist : 002B30A11. Création : 11/09/1998.