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Patient satisfaction with clinical laboratory services at Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Authors Abera RG, Abota BA, Legese MH, Negesso AE

Received 14 January 2017

Accepted for publication 9 June 2017

Published 12 July 2017 Volume 2017:11 Pages 1181—1188


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Johnny Chen

Rodas Getachew Abera, Boaz Arka Abota, Melese Hailu Legese, Abebe Edao Negesso

Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, School of Allied Health Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Background: Monitoring patient satisfaction is an important and useful quality improvement tool for clinical laboratories in particular and health care organizations in general. Thus, this study aimed to assess patient satisfaction toward clinical laboratory services at Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital (TASH), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Methods: A hospital-based cross-sectional study was conducted and a convenient sampling technique was applied to recruit study participants. A total of 210 patients who had received laboratory services were included. A self-administered predesigned, pretested, structured questionnaire was used, and data were collected through face-to-face interviews. A 5-point Likert scale with 1 and 5 indicating the lowest and highest levels of satisfaction, respectively, was used and their weighted average was used to categorize the satisfaction level of the patients. Chi square test was used (taking P≤0.05 as the statistically significant level) to find out if any association existed between the level of satisfaction and different attributes. Data were analyzed using SPSS version 20.
Results: The overall level of patient satisfaction toward clinical laboratory services in this study was 59.7% with a response rate of 210 (100%). The Likert scale results of patient satisfaction of the laboratory services revealed that the mean rating values ranged from 3.05 (±1.12) to 4.12 (±1.08) out of a possible 5. Among the different indicators, patients were highly satisfied with the cleanliness of facility (82%), maintenance of privacy and confidentiality (83.2%), and the cost of the laboratory service (86.5%), while they were dissatisfied with the location of the laboratory (56%), latrine accessibility and availability (58.4%), and latrine cleanness and comfort (63.8%).
Conclusion: The whole availability of requested tests, availability of place in blood drawing room to put personal things, and waiting time for specimen collection were found to have a statistically significant association with the overall satisfaction of patients toward clinical laboratory services. Therefore, these could be the possible determinants among others that account for the dissatisfaction of patients with clinical laboratory services.

Keywords: patient satisfaction, hospital services, quality of care, referral hospital, Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital, Ethiopia

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