Satisfaction with obstetric care. Patient survey in a family practice shared-call group

Can Fam Physician. 1999 Mar;45:651-7.


Objective: To examine patients' satisfaction with their obstetric care in a family medicine shared-call group.

Design: A survey was given to a convenience sample of patients who came to see their doctors over a 6-week period.

Setting: Brameast Family Practice in Brampton, Ont, where eight doctors participate in a shared obstetrics call group with 16 other physicians, each taking call 1 day in 23 days.

Participants: Mothers in the practice who had delivered in the previous 8 months.

Main outcome measures: Demographic data, interventions during delivery, and satisfaction ratings.

Results: Of the 70% of women who responded, 96% were delivered by a doctor other than their own. Eighty-eight percent of these women were satisfied with their medical care at delivery and 96% were satisfied with their prenatal care. Nearly 79% said they would choose this shared-call group again.

Conclusions: This pilot study demonstrated a high level of patient satisfaction with obstetric care, despite the fact that most patients were delivered by a doctor other than their own. Family practice groups sharing obstetric call offer a feasible alternative for physicians who wish to avoid the interference with lifestyle and office appointments that practising obstetrics usually entails.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Family Practice / standards*
  • Female
  • Group Practice / standards*
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Humans
  • Obstetrics / standards*
  • Patient Satisfaction / statistics & numerical data*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Pregnancy
  • Workload