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In- and Out-patient satisfaction assessment: the case of a greek General Hospital

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  • Xesfingi, Sofia
  • Karamanis, Dimitrios

Aim: The purpose of this research is to investigate in- and out-patients' satisfaction as revealed by their intention to recommend the Konstantopouleio General Hospital of Athens to friends and family. Material/Methodology/Approach: The final sample of the study consisted of 745 inpatients and 420 outpatients from a survey performed from June 2011 till October 2012. An ordered logit approach was used allowing the analysis of the satisfaction's response categories. Results: Findings demonstrate that the attention provided by medical and nursery stuff along with the hospital environment, are positively correlated with patients’ satisfaction for both groups of in- and out-patients. Among the demographic factors, the positive age effect is present in both groups, while the perceived health status plays a positive and significant role in shaping in-patient satisfaction, and education and insurance associate with out-patient satisfaction. Conclusions: Our study confirms the important role of all measures with respect to hospital performance. In general, hospitals and healthcare systems that invest in citizens’ evaluation evolvement programmes, will acquire valuable information to perform important transformational changes in healthcare services.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 66672.

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Date of creation: 16 Sep 2015
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:66672
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