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Soc Sci Med. 1994 Sep;39(5):655-70.

Patient views on quality care in general practice: literature review.

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  • Department of Community Studies, University of Brighton, Falmer, U.K.


The present paper examines research on patient satisfaction and the factors which influence patient attitudes regarding quality in general practice. Although data are used from U.S. and other sources, conclusions are drawn with a specific focus on a U.K. general practice context. This is a research area with a growing literature, much of it based on unsystematic research. The purpose of this paper is to make a contribution to the process or ordering the data in a manner which will be of utility to those involved in the provision of healthcare and the assessment of that provision. The data suggest conclusions in two broad areas: (1) methods by which patient satisfaction may be assessed; specific published instruments are reviewed, and (2) factors which have been indicated, by the research to date, to influence patient satisfaction. Most consistently identified as being of particular value to patients are interpersonal skills on the part of the practitioner. It is suggested that such techniques should receive wider acknowledgement as a basic element of the practitioner's technical repertoire.

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