The social policy background to the proliferation of patient satisfaction surveys is a desire for increased patient representation and participation. Within this context, it is assumed that satisfaction surveys embody patients' evaluations of services. However, as most surveys report high satisfaction levels, the interpretation of satisfaction as the outcome of an active evaluation has been called into question. The aim of this study is to identify whether and how service users evaluate services. This was made possible through unstructured in-depth interviews with users of mental health services and through more structured discussion around their responses on a patient satisfaction questionnaire (CSQ 18B) whose psychometric properties has been well documented. Twenty-nine people with current or recent contact with mental health services within the British National Health Service were interviewed. The data revealed that service users frequently described their experiences in positive or negative terms. However, the process by which these experiences were transformed into “evaluations” of the service was complex. Consequently, many expressions of “satisfaction” on the CSQ 18B hid a variety of reported negative experiences. An explanation for this lack of correspondence is outlined.
Social Science & Medicine – Elsevier
Published: Nov 1, 1998
It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.
Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.
All for just $49/month
Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly
Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.
Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.
Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.
All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.
“Hi guys, I cannot tell you how much I love this resource. Incredible. I really believe you've hit the nail on the head with this site in regards to solving the research-purchase issue.”Daniel C.
“Whoa! It’s like Spotify but for academic articles.”@Phil_Robichaud
“I must say, @deepdyve is a fabulous solution to the independent researcher's problem of #access to #information.”@deepthiw
“My last article couldn't be possible without the platform @deepdyve that makes journal papers cheaper.”@JoseServera