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Mil Med. 1997 Apr;162(4):273-7.

Patient satisfaction and quality of care.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA 98431, USA.


As the Department of Defense initiates Tricare, its new system of integrated health delivery, outcome assessment will become increasingly important. Traditional outcomes have focused on disease and its more serious consequences, disability and death. Patient satisfaction is only recently emerging as an important measure of the quality of health care delivery. In this paper, we focus on patient satisfaction, exploring its historical roots, its evolution as an outcome measure, and its potential utilities and weaknesses in quality assessment.

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