Patient Satisfaction Influenced by Interpersonal Treatment and Communication for African American Men: The North Carolina–Louisiana Prostate Cancer Project (PCaP)

Angelo D. Moore, Jill B. Hamilton, George J. Knafl, P. A. Godley, William R. Carpenter, Jeannette T. Bensen, James L. Mohler, Merle Mishel

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine if a particular set of health behaviors of health care providers and African American men (AAM) influence patient satisfaction from the AAM’s perspective. This descriptive, correlational study consisted of 505 AAM in North Carolina diagnosed with prostate cancer and enrolled in the North Carolina–Louisiana Prostate Cancer Project (PCaP). Analyses consisted of bivariate analyses and multiple regression. Patient-to-provider communication, interpersonal treatment, and provider-to-patient communication accounted for 45% (p ≤ .0001) of the variability in patient satisfaction. Interpersonal treatment (provider focusing on the patient) explained the greatest amount (F = 313.53, R2 = .39) of patient satisfaction. Since interpersonal treatment focuses on the patient and demonstrated to be the strongest predictor in patient satisfaction, it is noteworthy to consider the emphasis that should be placed on patient-centered care. In addition, knowing important variables positively affecting patient satisfaction provides useful information for developing appropriate interventions to improve AAM health care experiences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)409-419
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican journal of men's health
Volume6
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2012

Keywords

  • African American men
  • PCaP
  • interpersonal treatment
  • patient–provider communication
  • prostate cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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