Analysis of the Impact of Doctors’ and Health Care System Credibility on Patients’ Satisfaction with Health Care
Forming a patient-oriented health care system, patients’ participation in health care quality assessment has become the imperative of our time.
The objective of the research was to analyze the impact of doctors’ and health care system credibility on satisfaction with health care.
Materials and methods. Sociological survey of 530 patients was conducted. The patients completed their treatment in the surgical departments of inpatient facilities in Ivano-Frankivsk region. According to its results the patients were divided into two groups: satisfied (372 people) and not satisfied (158 people) with the level of health care services in the department and the hospital as a whole.
Results of the research. Nearly 60% of the surveyed patients were determined not to trust their doctors and one third of respondents did not know their primary care physician. This significantly increased the chances of dissatisfaction with health care (OR= 4.11; 95% CI: 1.67–10.14, p<0.001 and OR=1.96; 95% CI: 1.33–2.90 respectively; p<0.001) and promoted inefficient use of the health care system resources as a result of unreasonable hospitalization (in 18.8% cases).
Conclusions. Patients who do not trust doctors in general and do not know their general practitioner remain dissatisfied with inpatient care by 1.5-10 times more often.
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