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What Do Patients Expect from Their Physicians?

Dormohammadi, T. and Asghari, F. and Rashidian, A. (2010) What Do Patients Expect from Their Physicians? Iranian Journal of Public Health, 39 (1). pp. 70-77.

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Abstract

Background: To identify the most important expectations that patients have from their physicians. Methods: We collected data from 199 hospitalized and 201 ambulatory patients (response rates 88% and 93% respectively). We used random sampling for selection of hospitalized patients and systematic sampling for the ambulatory ones. The questionnaire consisted of 18 different expectation items categorized in 5 domains. The participants scored each item from 1 to 9 using a VAS scale and ranked domains based on their importance. We analyzed the data using univariate and regression analyses. Results: Among the ambulatory patients, the mean±standard error of the most important expectations was as follows: com­petency (8.9±0.01), courteousness (8.8±0.04), consultation in case of need (8.8±0.4), clear explanation of the disease (8.8± 0.05) and attentiveness (8.8±0.04). In hospitalized patients, the following items were the most important: competency (8.4± 0.08), courteousness (8.4±0.09), availability of physician (8.4±0.09), consultation in case of need (8.2±0.11), setting follow­ing appointments (8.2±0.1), and disease follow-up (8.2±0.09). In both groups, the most important domain of expecta­tions was "competency and quality of care" followed by "availability" in hospitalized and "giving information and patient auton­omy" among ambulatory patients. Conclusions: Our findings are similar to what reported in the literature from other countries and cultures. In addition to physician expertise and knowledge, patients value giving information and efficient doctor-patient relationship.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2014 17:21
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2016 03:36
ISSN: 2251-6085
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/2835
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