IIUM Repository (IREP)

Patient satisfaction as an indicator of service quality in malaysian public hospitals

Abd. Manaf, Noor Hazilah and Phang, Siew Nooi (2009) Patient satisfaction as an indicator of service quality in malaysian public hospitals. Asian Journal on Quality, 10 (1). pp. 77-87. ISSN 1598-2688

[img]
Preview
PDF (Patient satisfaction as an indicator of service quality ) - Published Version
Download (206kB) | Preview

Abstract

The main aim of the paper is to provide an empirical analysis on patient satisfaction as an indicator of service quality in Malaysian public hospitals. Self‐administered questionnaires were administered to patients by convenience sampling. Two sets of questionnaires were used, one for inpatient and another one set for outpatient. Selection of hospitals was made according to states in Peninsular Malaysia. 23 hospitals covering all state level hospitals, the National Referral Centre and selected district hospitals were chosen as respondent hospitals. Two dimensions of service quality emerged, namely clinical and physical dimension of service. Both outpatient and inpatient were found to be more satisfied with clinical dimension of service than physical dimension. For outpatient satisfaction, there was positive correlation between waiting time and patient satisfaction. Patient satisfaction was also found to be higher in the smaller district hospitals than in the larger state hospitals. For clinical dimension of service, patients were satisfied with the services of doctors and nurses, while for physical dimension of service, patients were satisfied with the cleanliness of the facilities. The ability of the research to be conducted by random sampling was inhibited by the reluctance of patients to cooperate, which led to the use of convenience sampling. Studies have also shown that patients are reluctant to express their feelings on services provided by their caregivers. The study provides primary data for a nationwide study on patient satisfaction in Malaysian public hospitals, for both inpatient and outpatient.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 328/8787
Uncontrolled Keywords: Patient Satisfaction, Quality Management, Healthcare, Malaysia, Public Hospitals
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences > Department of Business Administration
Depositing User: PROF DR NOORHAZILAH ABD.MANAF
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2011 09:25
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2012 13:40
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/8787

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year