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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 819-823

Patients' satisfaction regarding family physician's consultation in primary healthcare centers of Ministry of Health, Jeddah


1 Deputy Director, Directorate of Health Affairs for Public Health Division, Jeddah, KSA
2 Head of Training, Postgraduate Studies and Research Department, Directorate of Health Affairs for Public Health Division, Jeddah, KSA
3 Head of Research Unit, Directorate of Health Affairs for Public Health Division, Jeddah, KSA
4 Research Department, Directorate of Health Affairs for Public Health Division, Jeddah, KSA
5 Head of IT Department, Directorate of Health Affairs for Public Health Division, Jeddah, KSA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Najlaa Mandoura
Department of Research, Public Health Division, P.O Box 8780, Jeddah 21492
KSA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_170_17

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Introduction: The current study aims to assess the level of patients' satisfaction and the factors contributing to patients' satisfaction toward family physicians (FPs) consultation, visiting primary healthcare centers (PHCCs) working under Ministry of Health, Jeddah. Materials and Methods: In this cross-sectional study conducted in Jeddah from November 1, 2016 to March 1, 2017, we used consultation satisfaction questionnaire and its four subscales with standard cutoffs. These subscales include general satisfaction, professional care, depth of relationship, and length of consultation. Mean scores along with standard deviation of these subscales were measured. Independent sample t-test, ANOVA, and multivariate regression analysis were performed to test the association between satisfaction level and predictors. Results: Overall, patients' satisfaction was 60%. Around 74% of patients were satisfied with the professional care and 58% with the depth of the relationship. Around 60% of patients need more consultation time with the physicians. Knowledge about the presence of FP in the nearest PHCCs was around 70%. Multivariate regression analysis for the overall high satisfaction showed that the most important predictors of this high satisfaction level are regular visits to a particular FP (P < 0.001), distance from the PHCC (P = 0.044) and gender of the patient (P = 0.027). Conclusion: This study concluded that satisfaction with the FP's consultation is acceptable but needs improvement. Lower satisfaction was reported among males, patients living at a distance from PHCC and who had less knowledge about the presence of FP in their nearest PHCC. Such study data are vital for any corrective measures to boost satisfaction in patients attending PHCCs.


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