Use this URL to cite or link to this record in EThOS:
Title: Conceptual, methodological and policy issues in patient satisfaction research
Author: Fitzpatrick, Raymond Michael
Awarding Body: University of London
Current Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of Award: 1988
Availability of Full Text:
Access from EThOS:
Access from Institution:
This thesis is concerned with current debates as to the value of patient satisfaction research. The thesis reports two surveys by means of which the scope of patient satisfaction research is considered. Conceptual and methodological problems in this field of research and alternative theories of the social process whereby patients evaluate health care are reviewed. The two surveys are presented in terms of an introduction to the particular field of medicine involved, the methods of enquiry used, survey responses and discussion of results. The first survey is of patients attending outpatient neurological clinics presenting with headache. This study was conducted with intensive interviews, one before the neurological consultation and a second at home, one month later. The problems of making sense of patients' accounts in terms of 'expectations' and 'satisfaction' are outlined. Instead different perceptions of the value of clinic visits are related to four different concerns felt by patients in relation to their headaches, concerns for reassurance, explanation, prevention and symptomatic treatment. The second survey is of patient satisfaction with outpatient care in a department of genito-urinary medicine. This survey was conducted with two questionnaires: one completed whilst patients waited in the clinic for theirconsultation, and a second which was mailed to patients one month later. Survey results are used to examine an interactionist model of patient satisfaction developed by Ben Sira. The data is examined by various methods to suggest limitations of and modifications to the original model. Finally the thesis assesses the contribution of the two surveys to an understanding of how patients evaluate medical care. Alternative models of patient satisfaction are reexamined. It is argued that some perspectives have too restricted a view of patients' abilities. The implications of the two surveys are reviewed in terms of the different interests researchers may have in surveying patients' views.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Health Care Management