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Evaluation of the Quality of Services in Primary Health Care Institutions

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Department of Family Medicine, Medical Academy, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences
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Department of Neurology, Medical Academy, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences 3 Institute of Cardiology, Medical Academy, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Lithuania
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Institute of Cardiology, Medical Academy, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Lithuania
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Medicina 2011, 47(1), 9; https://doi.org/10.3390/medicina47010009
Received: 17 March 2009 / Accepted: 6 January 2011 / Published: 11 January 2011
The aim of the study was to evaluate patients’ satisfaction with the quality of provided services in private primary health care institutions in Kaunas.
Material and Methods
. A questionnaire-based inquiry of 280 persons registered to family physicians at primary health care settings was performed. The study was carried out using 20-item anonymous questionnaires with questions about the quality of services provided in primary health care settings.
Results
. More than 50.0% of the respondents stated that they waited for more than 15 minutes at the physician’s office, while 17.0% of the respondents stated that the waiting time exceeded 30 minutes. More than 25.0% of the respondents positively evaluated the possibility to consult their family physician by phone. In 67.0% of patients, the family physician determined the cause of the disorder and administered treatment; in 32.0% of patients, the family physician referred them to a specialist, and 1.0% of patients were urgently sent to hospital. More than 90.0% of the respondents were satisfied with the services provided by their family physicians. Those who were dissatisfied with these services indicated that the provided treatment failed to eliminate the disorder, that they wanted to be referred to a specialist, and that they expected more diagnostic tests to be performed for more effective treatment.
Conclusions
. A greater part of the patients indicated that the main reason for long waiting at the physician’s office was physicians’ wish to serve too many patients. More than two-thirds (67.0%) of the patients stated that their family physicians determined the cause of the disorder and prescribed treatment. The overwhelming majority (more than 90.0%) of the patients were satisfied with the services provided by their family physicians.
Keywords: primary health care; quality of services; patient satisfaction primary health care; quality of services; patient satisfaction
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Valius, L.; Rastenytė, D.; Malinauskienė, V.; Krančiukaitė-Butylkinienė, D. Evaluation of the Quality of Services in Primary Health Care Institutions. Medicina 2011, 47, 9.

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