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Int J Qual Health Care. 2008 Aug;20(4):277-83. doi: 10.1093/intqhc/mzn020. Epub 2008 May 20.

The patient's view of the acceptability of the primary care in Poland.

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Department of Family Medicine and Community Nursing, Medical University of Bialystok, Mieszka I 4B, Bialystok 15054, Poland. ludmila.marcinowicz@amb.edu.pl

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The aim of the study was to determine how the time factor affected the patients' perception of the acceptability of the primary health care system and to assess their satisfaction with family physician care.

DESIGN:

A series of cross-sectional studies was conducted in 1998, 2002 and 2006, using face-to-face interviews with structured questionnaires.

SETTING:

The study was performed in Gizycko, Poland, where family physician services were introduced in 1995.

STUDY PARTICIPANTS:

Three surveys were conducted, each involving 1000 subjects. Every time, random sample was taken, after selecting a subgroup of patients using medical service within the previous week.

MAIN MEASURES:

Acceptability of the primary health care system (accessibility, the patient-practitioner relationship, the amenities of care, patient's preferences), perception of the changes in primary care and overall satisfaction with family physician care.

RESULTS:

Between 1998 and 2002, an improvement was noted, lasting till 2006, in such accessibility components as the possibility of making an appointment by phone or at a definite hour. Some aspects of the patient-doctor relationship indicate that family physician care is directed at illness rather than health-oriented. The level of patient satisfaction was high.

CONCLUSIONS:

Generally, patients are satisfied with primary care reform and implementation of the family physician system. However, it is easier to improve accessibility of services than physician's personal qualities and the patient-practitioner relationship. Expressive functions of a physician (listening and reassuring) and activities regarding health promotion require special attention in the process of education of family physicians.

PMID:
18492707
DOI:
10.1093/intqhc/mzn020
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