Measuring patient expectations: Does the instrument affect satisfaction or expectations?

B. Mitchell Peck, David A. Asch, Susan D. Goold, Debra Roter, Peter A. Ubel, Lauren M. McIntyre, Katherine H. Abbott, Jennifer A. Hoff, Celine M. Koropchak, James A. Tulsky

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Abstract

BACKGROUND. Fulfillment of patients' expectations may influence health care utilization, affect patient satisfaction, and be used to indicate quality of care. Several different instruments have been used to measure expectations, yet little is known about how different assessment methods affect outcomes. OBJECTIVE. The object of the study was to determine whether different measurement instruments elicit different numbers and types of expectations and different levels of patient satisfaction. DESIGN. Patients waiting to see their physician were randomly assigned to receive 1 of 2 commonly used instruments assessing expectations or were assigned to a third (control) group that was not asked about expectations. After the visit, patients in all 3 groups were asked about their satisfaction and services they received. SUBJECTS. The study subjects were 290 male, primary care outpatients in a VA general medicine clinic. MEASURES. A "short" instrument asked about 3 general expectations for tests, referrals, and new medications, while a "long" instrument nested similar questions within a more detailed list. Wording also differed between the 2 instruments. The short instrument asked patients what they wanted; the long instrument asked patients what they thought was necessary for the physician to do. Satisfaction was measured with a visit-specific questionnaire and a more general assessment of physician interpersonal skills. RESULTS. Patients receiving the long instrument were more likely to express expectations for tests (83% vs. 28%, P

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-108
Number of pages9
JournalMedical Care
Volume39
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2001

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Physicians
Patient Satisfaction
physician
Patient Acceptance of Health Care
Quality of Health Care
general medicine
outpatient care
measurement method
Primary Health Care
Outpatients
Referral and Consultation
Medicine
Control Groups
medication
Group
utilization
health care
questionnaire
Surveys and Questionnaires
Social Skills

Keywords

  • Patient expectations
  • Patient satisfaction
  • Veterans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nursing(all)
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Professions(all)

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Mitchell Peck, B., Asch, D. A., Goold, S. D., Roter, D., Ubel, P. A., McIntyre, L. M., ... Tulsky, J. A. (2001). Measuring patient expectations: Does the instrument affect satisfaction or expectations? Medical Care, 39(1), 100-108.

Measuring patient expectations : Does the instrument affect satisfaction or expectations? / Mitchell Peck, B.; Asch, David A.; Goold, Susan D.; Roter, Debra; Ubel, Peter A.; McIntyre, Lauren M.; Abbott, Katherine H.; Hoff, Jennifer A.; Koropchak, Celine M.; Tulsky, James A.

In: Medical Care, Vol. 39, No. 1, 01.2001, p. 100-108.

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Mitchell Peck, B, Asch, DA, Goold, SD, Roter, D, Ubel, PA, McIntyre, LM, Abbott, KH, Hoff, JA, Koropchak, CM & Tulsky, JA 2001, 'Measuring patient expectations: Does the instrument affect satisfaction or expectations?', Medical Care, vol. 39, no. 1, pp. 100-108.
Mitchell Peck B, Asch DA, Goold SD, Roter D, Ubel PA, McIntyre LM et al. Measuring patient expectations: Does the instrument affect satisfaction or expectations? Medical Care. 2001 Jan;39(1):100-108.
Mitchell Peck, B. ; Asch, David A. ; Goold, Susan D. ; Roter, Debra ; Ubel, Peter A. ; McIntyre, Lauren M. ; Abbott, Katherine H. ; Hoff, Jennifer A. ; Koropchak, Celine M. ; Tulsky, James A. / Measuring patient expectations : Does the instrument affect satisfaction or expectations?. In: Medical Care. 2001 ; Vol. 39, No. 1. pp. 100-108.
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