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J Korean Soc Emerg Med > Volume 18(6); 2007 > Article
Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 2007;18(6): 458-470.
Comparison and Analysis of Overall User Satisfaction over 10 years in an Emergency Medical Center
Dong Wook Je, Chang Ho Kim, Ae Jin Sung, Jun Seok Seo, Hyun Wook Ryoo, Jeong Bae Park, Jae Myung Chung, Kang Suk Seo
1Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea. Kssuh@knu.ac.kr
2Daegu Emergency Medical Information Center, Daegu, Korea.
To compare differences in overall satisfaction with emergency department (ED) services with the results obtained 10 years previously, in order to study effects of several component factors on patients' willingness to re-visit and to give recommendations.
This study was performed with questionnaires from 318 patients and proxies who were admitted to the emergency ward through the emergency medical center from February 19th, 2007 to March 18th, 2007. Evaluation of data was by frequency analysis, chi-square test, t-test, multiple regression analysis, and path analysis.
During a one month study period, 244 patients and proxies (77% of those eligible) completed on-site questionnaires. Sociodemographic factors had no statistically significant influence on satisfaction with ED services. In multiple regression analysis to evaluate the correlation of various factors with satisfaction, the regression coefficients were 0.435(p<0.001) for reliability, 0.248(p<0.001) for accessibility, 0.179(p<0.001) for kindness, and 0.133 (p=0.004) for environmental respectively. In path analysis, the direct effect of overall satisfaction on patient willingness for re-visit was 0.582. The direct effect of overall satisfaction reliability on willingness to give recommendations were 0.594, and 0.250 respectively.
In slight contrast to the study performed 10 years previously, the factors with the most correlation to overall satisfaction with ED services in this study were environment, kindness of hospital personnel, accessibility, and reliability of medical personnel. We confirmed that overall satisfaction is the most important factor influencing willingness for re-visit and willingness to recommend services, but found that the component factors vary as the point of survey or hospital conditions changes.
Key words: Personal Satisfaction, Emergency Medical services, Questionnaires
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