Problems in the conceptual framework of patient satisfaction research: an empirical exploration

Problems in the conceptual framework of patient satisfaction research: an empirical exploration Survey research into patient satisfaction has been responsible for developing a number of related concepts concerning the ways in which patients evaluate the health care that they receive. Recently doubts have been expressed as to the adequacy of this approach for understanding how patients anticipate and respond to medical encounters. This paper reports a study of patients attending neurological outpatient clinics. The results suggest that the conceptual framework deriving from patient satisfaction research provides only partial and sometimes misleading insights into the perspectives of the patients studied. The paper concludes that patients’ varying concerns with regard to their illness need to be more directly considered in explaining different responses to medical consultations. This approach enables a more sensitive evaluation of health care from the patient's point of view. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sociology of Health & Illness Wiley

Problems in the conceptual framework of patient satisfaction research: an empirical exploration

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Wiley
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Copyright © 1983 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
0141-9889
eISSN
1467-9566
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10.1111/1467-9566.ep10491836
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Abstract

Survey research into patient satisfaction has been responsible for developing a number of related concepts concerning the ways in which patients evaluate the health care that they receive. Recently doubts have been expressed as to the adequacy of this approach for understanding how patients anticipate and respond to medical encounters. This paper reports a study of patients attending neurological outpatient clinics. The results suggest that the conceptual framework deriving from patient satisfaction research provides only partial and sometimes misleading insights into the perspectives of the patients studied. The paper concludes that patients’ varying concerns with regard to their illness need to be more directly considered in explaining different responses to medical consultations. This approach enables a more sensitive evaluation of health care from the patient's point of view.

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Sociology of Health & IllnessWiley

Published: Nov 1, 1983

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