The quality of hospital services in Kashan educational hospitals during 2008-9: the patients' viewpoint

Sabahi-Bidgoli, M. and Moosavi, G.A. and Kebriaei, A. and Seyyedi, S.H.R. and Shahri, S. and AtharizadeH, M. (2011) The quality of hospital services in Kashan educational hospitals during 2008-9: the patients' viewpoint. Feyz Journal of Kashan University of Medical Sciences, 15.

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Background: The main mission of any hospital in a health care system is to promote care quality for patients and to meet their needs and expectations. The aim of this study was to evaluate the quality of hospital services from the viewpoint of patients admitted to Kashan educational hospitals. Materials and Methods: In this cross-sectional study, 390 patients admitted to Kashan educational hospitals were selected based on the stratified sampling and their points of view were evaluated using SERVQUAL questionnaire during 2008-9. The quality attributes of the questionnaire consisted of seven dimensions (e.g. physician's empathy, physician's availability, the reliability of physician performance, nurse's responsibility, nurse's empathy, drugs management and tangibility of services). Validity and reliability of the questionnaire were confirmed using content validity and Cronbach's alpha coefficient (0.93), respectively. The data were analyzed using the Kruskal-Wallis and Mann-Whitney tests.Results: The mean age of the respondents was 45.72±18.36 years and 54.1 of subjects were men. There was a significant difference among the mean of seven dimension scores and the total quality dimension. Moreover, a significant difference was observed in the quality score mean of different dimensions among hospitals. The highest and lowest means of quality score were for physician's empathy (3.97±0.75) and tangibility of the services (3.76±0.58), respectively. Conclusion: From the patients' viewpoint, educational hospitals have made good progress in providing hospital services however, different quality scores among quality dimensions in any hospital signify that the health care administrators should pay more attention on the quality improvement programs to improve patients' satisfaction.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Medicine
Divisions: Feyz journal
Depositing User: ART . editor
Date Deposited: 10 May 2017 12:32
Last Modified: 23 May 2017 14:05

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