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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 326-331

Patient satisfaction at a primary level health-care facility in a district of West Bengal: Are our patients really satisfied?

1 Department of Community Medicine, Midnapore Medical College and Hospital, Midnapore, West Bengal, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, IPGMER and SSKM Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
3 Department of Community Medicine, Calcutta National Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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Mausumi Basu
Department of Community Medicine, IPGMER and SSKM Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal
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Introduction: Many recent studies have shown an increased association between patient's satisfaction levels, patient's compliance, and success of treatment. Aim: The aim of this study is to assess the level of satisfaction among patients who have utilized the outpatient department services provided in the primary care level health institution. Materials and Methods: A health center-based observational cross-sectional study was conducted from July 2011 to October 2011 at Guskara Primary health center, Burdwan among 422 patients using a pre-designed pre-tested structured schedule. Results: Overall, mean satisfaction score was 2.97 ± 0.37. Highest satisfaction scores were observed among 18–20 years, males were more satisfied regarding technical quality of care, whereas females reported higher satisfaction regarding interpersonal manner, unmarried/single group reported the highest satisfaction with most of the services, literate group reported higher satisfaction than the illiterate group, affluent patients reported higher satisfaction regarding technical quality of care, financial aspect. Conclusions: Causes of dissatisfaction were long waiting time, the inadequacy of seating arrangement in the waiting area, inadequate cleanliness of surroundings, inadequate toilet facilities, nonavailability of medicines, and behavior of doctor.

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