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J Gen Intern Med. 1992 Jul-Aug;7(4):432-4.

Patient expectations and satisfaction with medical care for upper respiratory infections.

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Hôpital Cantonal Universitaire, Geneva, Switzerland.


To describe the determinants of patient satisfaction with medical care, self-administered questionnaires were given to a consecutive sample of 237 patients coming to an ambulatory care practice for the treatment of upper respiratory infections (URIs). Patients' most important goal was to obtain a diagnosis (57%). They usually got more reassurance, medication, and personal interest than they had expected (p = 0.0001). In a multivariate model, patients' satisfaction was related to the degrees of personal interest and reassurance they had received and to whether they felt they had received the right medication (r2 = 0.45, p = 0.0001). The authors concluded that patients with URIs generally want a diagnosis but are primarily satisfied by the personal interest, the reassurance, and the medication they receive.

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