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A prospective study assessing patient satisfaction at a large tertiary gynecologic oncology/dysplasia unit

Authors Pather S, Tai D, Philp S, Nattress K, Carter J, Dalrymple C, Atkinson K

Published 11 October 2010 Volume 2010:1 Pages 149—152


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Selvan Pather1, Davina Tai2, Shannon Philp1, Kathryn Nattress1, Jonathan Carter1, Christopher Dalrymple1, Ken Atkinson1
1The Sydney Gynaecologic Oncology Group, Sydney Cancer Centre, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, Australia; 2Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

Background: Patient satisfaction is an important quality assurance measure in the delivery of health care. We conducted a prospective study to assess patient satisfaction at a large tertiary oncology/dysplasia unit.
Aims: To assess current patient satisfaction at a large tertiary oncology/dysplasia unit and identify potential areas for improvement.
Methods: This was a prospective study of patients attending a tertiary oncology/dysplasia unit. Patients were invited to participate and, if they agreed, were given a validated questionnaire to complete at the end of their consultation. Descriptive statistics were then used to analyze the data and identify potential areas of improvement.
Results: One hundred eighty-seven patients were recruited, and 96% of patients were satisfied with the overall level of care received. Significant positive features of the service included helpfulness of the staff, cleanliness of the facility, and measures implemented to respect patient privacy. Lack of patient parking, waiting times in the clinic, difficulties in contacting the service, and locating the building were identified as areas for improvement.
Conclusion: Patients attending our facility were largely satisfied with the overall level of care received. Nonclinical factors including parking, waiting times, and access to the service were identified as areas for improvement.

Keywords: oncology, dysplasia, outpatient, satisfaction

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