HALLWAY PATIENTS REDUCE OVERALL EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT SATISFACTION

Title

HALLWAY PATIENTS REDUCE OVERALL EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT SATISFACTION

Creator

Stiffler K A; Wilber S T

Publisher

Journal of Emergency Medicine

Date

2015
2015-08

Description

Background: Patient satisfaction impacts emergency medicine in multiple ways, including patient-physician rapport, patient compliance with medical recommendations, and individual physician and hospital reimbursement issues. Objective: The objective of this study was to assess the differences, if any, in satisfaction scores among patients treated in regular treatment rooms vs. those treated in hallway treatment areas. Methods: A cross-sectional survey study of conveniently sampled participants from both regular treatment rooms and hallway treatment areas in an urban, adult community teaching emergency department (ED) was performed confidentially, measuring overall satisfaction, as well as satisfaction with regard to treatment location only, medical care only, and their willingness to return to or recommend the ED in the future based on their experience. Each of these four outcomes was measured on a 100-mm visual analog scale. Results: Overall satisfaction scores were 8 mm lower for those patients treated in hallway treatment areas, and there was a 20-mm difference with regard to location only. After controlling for apparent baseline differences between the groups, a 7.6-mm difference for overall satisfaction remained. Conclusions: Despite differences between patients placed in regular treatment rooms vs. hallway treatment areas, overall satisfaction levels are lower for those patients treated in hallway treatment areas. This difference is likely attributable primarily to their hallway location, and stakeholders should therefore take appropriate steps to address such discrepancies. (C) 2015 Elsevier Inc.

Subject

crowding; ED administration; Emergency Medicine; hallways; satisfaction

Format

Journal Article

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Pages

211-216

Issue

2

Volume

49

Citation

Stiffler K A; Wilber S T, “HALLWAY PATIENTS REDUCE OVERALL EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT SATISFACTION,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed September 24, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/7238.

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