Measuring patients' satisfaction with pharmaceutical services at a public hospital in Qatar

Imran Fahmi Khudair, Syed Asif Raza

نتاج البحث: المساهمة في مجلةمقالمراجعة النظراء

45 اقتباسات (Scopus)

ملخص

Purpose – The aim of this paper is to study pharmacy service impact on patient satisfaction and to determine what factors saliently link with pharmaceutical service performance at Hamad General Hospital. Design/methodology/approach – A patient satisfaction questionnaire was designed using the literature and consultation with Hamad General Hospital medical experts. The questionnaire contained 22 items that focused on five influencing factors: promptness; attitude; supply; location; medication education; and respondent demographic aspects. A total of 220 respondents completed the questionnaire. An exploratory factor analysis was used to group items and a structural equation model was developed to test causality between five factors along with their influence on patient satisfaction. Findings – The study establishes statistical evidence that patient satisfaction is positively influenced by service promptness, pharmacist attitude, medication counseling, pharmacy location and waiting area. Several socio-demographic characteristics have statistically different effect on satisfaction, notably: gender; marital status; health status; age; educational level; and ethnicity. However, medication supply did not influence patient satisfaction. Practical implications – Pharmaceutical services are recognized as an essential healthcare-system component. Their impact on customer satisfaction has been investigated in many countries; however, there is no such study in Qatar. Originality/value – The findings identify pharmaceutical service performance indicators and provide guidelines to improve Qatari pharmaceutical services.

اللغة الأصليةEnglish
الصفحات (من إلى)398-419
عدد الصفحات22
دوريةInternational Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
مستوى الصوت26
رقم الإصدار5
المعرِّفات الرقمية للأشياء
حالة النشرPublished - يونيو 3 2013
منشور خارجيًانعم

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