Hospitals provide the same type of service, but they do not all provide the same quality of service. No one knows this better than patients. Reports the results of a market research exercise initiated to ascertain the different factors which patients of health care identify as being necessary to provide error‐free service quality with NHS hospitals. To measure patients’ satisfaction with NHS hospitals, the internationally‐used market research technique called SERVQUAL was used in order to measure patients’ expectations before admission, record their perceptions after discharge from the hospital, and then to close the gap between them. This technique compares expectations with perceptions of service received across five broad dimensions of service quality, namely; tangibility; reliability: responsiveness; assurance; and empathy. This analysis covered 174 patients who had completed the SERVQUAL questionnaire, including patients who had had treatment in surgical, orthopaedic, spinal injury, medicinal, dental and other specialties in the West Midlands region. Recorded the average weighted NHS service quality score overall for the five dimensions as significantly negative.
International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance – Emerald Publishing
Published: Feb 1, 1996
Keywords: Hospitals; National Health Service; Service quality; UK
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