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J Can Chiropr Assoc. 2014 Mar;58(1):24-38.

A comparison of quality and satisfaction experiences of patients attending chiropractic and physician offices in Ontario.

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Associate Professor, Division of Chiropractic, School of Health and Medicine, International Medical University, No. 126 Jalan Jalil Perkasa 19, Bukit Jalil, 57000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, edwardcrowther@imu.edu.my , 60129504264.

Abstract

in English, French

INTRODUCTION:

Improving the quality of healthcare is a common goal of consumers, providers, payer groups, and governments. There is evidence that patient satisfaction influences the perceptions of the quality of care received.

METHODS:

This exploratory, qualitative study described and analyzed, the similarities and differences in satisfaction and dissatisfaction experiences of patients attending physicians (social justice) and chiropractors (market justice) for healthcare services in Niagara Region, Ontario. Using inductive content analysis the satisfaction and dissatisfaction experiences were themed to develop groups, categories, and sub-categories of quality judgments of care experiences.

RESULTS:

Study participants experienced both satisfying and dissatisfying critical incidents in the areas of standards of practice, professional and practice attributes, time management, and treatment outcomes. Cost was not a marked source of satisfaction or dissatisfaction.

CONCLUSION:

Patients may be more capable of generating quality judgments on the technical aspects of medical and chiropractic care, particularly treatment outcomes and standards of practice, than previously thought.

KEYWORDS:

chiropractic care; quality; satisfaction

PMID:
24587494
PMCID:
PMC3924505
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