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Ann Emerg Med. 2014 Oct;64(4):351-7. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2014.02.021. Epub 2014 Mar 20.

Patient satisfaction surveys and quality of care: an information paper.

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Department of Emergency Medicine, Christiana Care Health System, Newark, DE. Electronic address:
Department of Emergency Medicine, Providence Regional Medical Center, Everett, WA.
Department of Emergency Medicine, Christiana Care Health System, Newark, DE.
Department of Emergency Medicine, the George Washington University Hospital, Washington, DC.
Department of Emergency Medicine, Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Darby, PA.
Department of Emergency Medicine, Mayes County Medical Center, Pryor, OK.
Department of Emergency Medicine, MedStar Harbor Hospital, Baltimore, MD.
Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO.


With passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, payment incentives were created to improve the "value" of health care delivery. Because physicians and physician practices aim to deliver care that is both clinically effective and patient centered, it is important to understand the association between the patient experience and quality health outcomes. Surveys have become a tool with which to quantify the consumer experience. In addition, results of these surveys are playing an increasingly important role in determining hospital payment. Given that the patient experience is being used as a surrogate marker for quality and value of health care delivery, we will review the patient experience-related pay-for-performance programs and effect on emergency medicine, discuss the literature describing the association between quality and the patient-reported experience, and discuss future opportunities for emergency medicine.

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