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Eval Health Prof. 2010 Jun;33(2):216-25. doi: 10.1177/0163278710361930. Epub 2010 May 10.

Is time spent with the physician associated with parent dissatisfaction due to long waiting times?

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University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY 40536, USA.


The objectives of this study were to assess the relationship between wait time and parent satisfaction and determine whether time with the physician potentially moderated any observed negative effects of long wait time. Data were collected from parents in a pediatric outpatient clinic. Parent satisfaction with the clinic visit was significantly negatively related to wait times. More time spent with the physician was positively related to satisfaction independent of wait times. Furthermore, among clinic visits with long wait times, more time with the physician showed a relatively strong positive relationship with parent satisfaction. Therefore, although long wait times was related to decreased parent satisfaction with pediatric clinic visits, increased time with the physician tended to moderate this relationship.

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