The association between satisfaction with services provided in primary care and outcomes in Type 2 diabetes mellitus

M. H. Alazri, R. D. Neal

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Background: Patient satisfaction is of increasing importance, is taken into account when planning services, and is used by healthcare providers as a measure of healthcare quality. Satisfaction with medical care, including diabetic care, has been associated with various health-related behaviours and outcomes that have a direct bearing on health and illness. The association between satisfaction and health outcomes is poorly understood. Aim: The aim of the study was to determine whether there is an association between satisfaction in patients with Type 2 diabetes and the outcome of their diabetic care, and to determine the contribution of different aspects of satisfaction with the primary care. Methods: Patients with Type 2 diabetes were identified from two general practices in Leeds. Patients: scores on the General Practice Assessment Survey Questionnaire (GPAS) were correlated with the outcome of care, as measured by HbA1c level collected from patients' medical records. Results: Data from 106 patients were analysed. There was a generally high satisfaction rate for all GPAS domains. The correlation between different GPAS domains and HbA1c level showed significant positive correlations (P <0.001) for continuity of care, trust and overall satisfaction; and positive correlations (P <0.01) for access, receptionists, interpersonal care, communication skills, knowledge of patient about the doctor, technical care, and practice nursing. Conclusion: The findings from this study demonstrate that there is an association between satisfaction and outcome in diabetes, which goes across all the GPAS domains. This suggests that processes that can act to increase patient satisfaction may be contributing to improved clinical outcomes. More development work is needed in this field to explore and elucidate the complex relationship between satisfaction and clinical outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)486-490
Number of pages5
JournalDiabetic Medicine
Volume20
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2003

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Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Primary Health Care
General Practice
Patient Satisfaction
Health
Continuity of Patient Care
Quality of Health Care
Nursing Care
Health Personnel
Medical Records
Communication
Surveys and Questionnaires

Keywords

  • Association
  • Outcome of care
  • Patient satisfaction
  • Type 2 diabetes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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The association between satisfaction with services provided in primary care and outcomes in Type 2 diabetes mellitus. / Alazri, M. H.; Neal, R. D.

In: Diabetic Medicine, Vol. 20, No. 6, 01.06.2003, p. 486-490.

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