The development of a patient satisfaction questionnaire in the ambulatory settingFamily medicine
AbstractPatient satisfaction is of critical interest to medical care providers. The main objective of this study was to evaluate the psychometric properties of a patient satisfaction questionnaire. A preliminary 80-item questionnaire was created, and a random sample of 268 family practice patients participated. Subjects rated items on a 4-point Likert scale (strongly disagree, disagree, agree, strongly agree). Items were subjected to a principal components varimax rotated factor analysis and five factors (60 items) were extracted, accounting for 47.5% of the variance. These factors were: satisfaction with physician, dissatisfaction with practice management, physician availability, receptionist behavior, and wait time. Alpha reliability coefficients for factors 1-5 were: .96, .93, .89, .84, and .78, respectively. All items correlated highly with total scores on the respective factors. Factor intercorrelations were all significant (P <.001) and in the expected direction. Patients with a higher level of education were significantly less satisfied about physician availability than patients without a high school education (P <.05). Implications of the findings are discussed.
Citation InformationRobert A. DiTomasso and M. A. Willard. "The development of a patient satisfaction questionnaire in the ambulatory setting" Family medicine Vol. 23 Iss. 2 (1991) p. 127 - 131
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