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Malawi Medical Journal
College of Medicine, University of Malawi and Medical Association of Malawi
ISSN: 1995-7262
Vol. 30, No. 4, 2018, pp. 270-275
Bioline Code: mm18053
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Malawi Medical Journal, Vol. 30, No. 4, 2018, pp. 270-275

 en Patient satisfaction with services at a tertiary hospital in south-east Nigeria
Obi, Ikechukwu E; Ndu, Anne C; Agu, Kenneth A; Omotowo, Babatunde I; Agunwa, Chuka C & Idoko, Arthur C


Patients’ views of the services they receive in a healthcare service help identify critical areas that may need improvement. This survey set out to determine patients’ satisfaction with quality of general services and specifically with staff attitude and the hospital environment, while on admission at a teaching hospital in Enugu, south-east Nigeria.
This was a descriptive cross-sectional study using a structured self-administered questionnaire on 170 patients (54% females and 46% males, aged between 20 and 65 years), post admission, selected by multistage sampling.
Less than half (47.3%) of the patients were satisfied with care received on admission. More than half of them (51.8%) were satisfied with the cleanliness of the hospital environment and how power supply was maintained in the hospital (62.4%). Doctors (90%), nurses (64.1%) and records staff (60.6%) were considered courteous and professional. Most patients were satisfied with the level of privacy given to them in their course of hospital stay (67.6%) and with the cost of laboratory investigations (51.8%).
Despite more than half of the surveyed patients being satisfied with some specific aspects of services given while on admission, those satisfied with the overall experience were less than half. Therefore, periodic patient satisfaction surveys should be institutionalized in this facility to provide feedback for continuous quality improvement.

patient satisfaction; tertiary facility; healthcare; Nigeria

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