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Tumori. 1985 Oct 31;71(5):491-7.

Patients' assessment of quality of care: a survey of a group of breast cancer patients in Italy.


Patients' assessment of quality of care was investigated in 825 women with breast cancer treated in a group of specialized and non-specialized institutions in Italy. A 10-page mail questionnaire explored patients' adjustment to the disease, satisfaction with care, and quality of the information on diagnosis and treatment. Most of the 428 (52%) responders reported good or acceptable adjustment to the disease (as reflected by acceptable performance in some daily living activities), and favorable judgment about care providers, but many women complained of hospital organizational deficiencies. A contradictory picture emerged regarding the quality of information. Completeness and thoroughness appeared seriously deficient when examined objectively using a series of explicit predefined criteria, but patients' assessments showed in most cases moderate or high satisfaction. The paper presents these results and discusses pros and cons in the use of patients' opinions for evaluation of quality of care.

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