Patient satisfaction with out-of-hours services; how do GP co-operatives compare with deputizing and practice-based arrangements?
UNSPECIFIED. (2000) Patient satisfaction with out-of-hours services; how do GP co-operatives compare with deputizing and practice-based arrangements? JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH MEDICINE, 22 (2). pp. 149-154. ISSN 0957-4832Full text not available from this repository.
Background Although the rapid growth in general practitioner (GP) co-operatives has met with GP satisfaction, little is known about patient satisfaction. This study compares patient satisfaction with co-operative, GP practice-based and deputizing arrangements within one geographical area 15 months after a co-operative had become established; and with telephone, primary care centre and home consultations within the co-operative.
Methods A validated postal questionnaire survey of weighted samples of patients making contact with the co-operative, practice-based and deputizing arrangements was undertaken.
Results A total of 1823 (53.2 per cent) patients responded. There were no significant differences between organizations in terms of overall satisfaction, but patients using practice-based arrangements were significantly more satisfied with the waiting time for telephone consultations (p < 0.001) and more satisfied with waiting times for home visits than deputizing patients (p = 0.020), Within the co-operative, overall satisfaction, satisfaction with the doctor's manner and with the process of making contact was greater among those attending the primary care centre, and satisfaction with explanation and advice received greater than for patients receiving telephone consultations alone (p<0.01). Those receiving telephone advice reported increased information needs and help seeking during the following week (p < 0.05).
Conclusions Overall, patients were as satisfied with the co-operative as with practice-based or deputizing service arrangements, although many concerns were expressed about the quality of service provision. Differences in satisfaction were greater between forms of service delivery within the co-operative. Dissatisfaction with telephone consultations needs to be considered, together with issues relating to equity in access to out-of-hours' primary care centre consultations and the potential impact of NHS Direct.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine|
|Journal or Publication Title:||JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH MEDICINE|
|Publisher:||OXFORD UNIV PRESS|
|Official Date:||June 2000|
|Number of Pages:||6|
|Page Range:||pp. 149-154|
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