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Oncology. 2001;61(2):120-8.

Assessment of quality of care in an oncology institute using information on patients' satisfaction.

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Psycho-Oncology Research Unit, European Institute of Oncology, Milan, Italy.



To evaluate the feasibility of conducting a patient satisfaction survey in the oncology hospital setting, using a multidimensional patient satisfaction questionnaire to be completed at home.


Socio-demographic and clinical data were collected for 133 consecutive patients. Patients were asked to complete the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer QLQ-C30 (version 2.0) just before hospital discharge and the Comprehensive Assessment of Satisfaction with Care at home 2 weeks after discharge.


Respondents (73% of patients approached) were younger, hospitalized for a shorter time and presented less appetite loss, nausea and vomiting and better physical and role functioning than non-responders. The aspects of care for which patients wanted the most improvement were associated with the provision of medical information. In multivariate analyses, longer hospital stay was associated with higher satisfaction with all aspects of medical and nursing care, most probably because patients discharged early were not assured of continuity of care and lacked information regarding self-care at home. Higher global quality of life was associated with higher satisfaction with all aspects of care, suggesting the potential contribution of patient satisfaction to the patients' well-being.


Conducting a patient satisfaction survey in an oncology hospital setting proved feasible; however, further surveys should attempt to obtain the opinion of patients with more severe physical conditions. The assessment of the patients' satisfaction provided indications for improvement of care in a particular hospital. Although the results of this study are specific to one hospital, the methods could be reproduced in other hospital settings, but may possibly lead to other conclusions.

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