Public Hospitals in China: Is There a Variation in Patient Experience with Inpatient Care
AbstractIn China, public hospitals are the main provider of inpatient service. The Chinese public hospital reform has recently shifted towards health care organizations and delivery to improve health care quality. This study analyzes the variation of one of the dimensions of health care quality, patient-centeredness, among inpatients with different socioeconomic status and geographical residency in China. 1471 respondents who received inpatient care in public hospitals were included in our analysis. Patient-centeredness performance was assessed on the dimensions of Communication, Autonomy, Dignity, and Confidentiality. Variations of inpatient experience were estimated using binary logistic regression models according to: residency, region, age, gender, education, income quintile, self-rated health, and number of hospital admissions. Our results indicate that older patients, and patients living in rural areas and Eastern China are more likely to report positive experience of their public hospital stay according to the care aspects of Dignity, Communication, Confidentiality and Autonomy. However, there remains a gap between China and other countries in relation to inpatient experience. Noticeable disparities in inpatient experience also persist between different geographical regions in China. These variations of patient experience pose a challenge that China’s health policy makers would need to consider in their future reform efforts. View Full-Text
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Wang, W.; Loban, E.K.; Dionne, E. Public Hospitals in China: Is There a Variation in Patient Experience with Inpatient Care. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 193.
Wang W, Loban EK, Dionne E. Public Hospitals in China: Is There a Variation in Patient Experience with Inpatient Care. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019; 16(2):193.Chicago/Turabian Style
Wang, Wenhua; Loban, Ekaterina K.; Dionne, Emilie. 2019. "Public Hospitals in China: Is There a Variation in Patient Experience with Inpatient Care." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 16, no. 2: 193.
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