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Health Serv Manage Res. 2000 Nov;13(4):205-15.

Quality of service in nursing homes.

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  • 1Faculty of Management, Department of Management and Organization, University of Sterling, Stirling FK9 4LA, Scotland, UK.


This paper illustrates the relevance of using the Servqual instrument as a service quality measurement tool in the healthcare context. The expectations and perceptions of nursing home residents and their relatives are compared and contrasted to determine the priorities and satisfaction levels of both groups with respect to the services provided. Some interesting differences emerged between the two respondent groups, which gave more accurate and relevant pointers as to potential areas of future improvement. Because a number of nursing homes were surveyed, it was also possible to ascertain which homes might serve as useful examples of the best practice and which were in need of improvement action. In frail, elderly respondent groups it is not especially easy to elicit views as to quality of service. Servqual, carefully and sympathetically designed and applied, proved appropriate for this task.

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