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J Med Liban. 2014 Oct-Nov;62(4):198-202.

What matters in the patients' decision to revisit the same primary care physician?

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the priority of various aspects of the patient-primary care physician relationship in the decision to visit again that same physician. STUDY SETTINGS: A total of 400 community residents in Ras Beirut, Lebanon.

STUDY DESIGN:

A cross-sectional community based study sampled by a nonrandom sex-education quota-based procedure.

DATA COLLECTION:

Participants were asked to fill a survey where they indicated the ranking of nine items by importance in their decision to revisit the same physician. The nine items were chosen from three categories of factors: professional expertise of the physician; characteristics of the patient-physician relationship, office organization.

RESULTS:

Having a physician that gives the patient adequate time for discussion prevailed as rank 1 and luxurious clinic ranked as 9th. Affordability was one of the main concerns among men, those with poor health and those of lower socioeconomic status. Accessibility of the physician's phone was considered highly important among women and those of lesser education status.

CONCLUSIONS:

This study emphasizes the importance of adequate time with the patient, accessibility and affordability of the physician in maintaining continuity of care and patient satisfaction, beyond mere medical expertise.

PMID:
25807716
DOI:
10.12816/0008287
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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