Patient satisfaction in an urban accident and emergency department

Br J Clin Pract. 1992 Autumn;46(3):182-4.


The aim of this study was to assess patients' opinions about their experience of attending an urban Accident and Emergency department. They were given a questionnaire designed to demonstrate any shortcomings in the delivery of care which required corrective actions. Just over half (50.8%) the patients responded, 411 (95%) of whom recorded satisfaction with the outcome of their visit (P = 0.0001). There was significant correlation between patient satisfaction and waiting time to see the doctor (P = 0.003), the doctor's explanation about management (P = 0.02), and total time spent in the department (P = 0.01). A total of 120 patients (27.8%) did not receive any explanation from the nurse about what was going to happen, and 267 (61.6%) received no information about possible delay. These factors did not significantly influence patients' satisfaction with the outcome, but they need to be addressed as they will obviously lead to an improved service.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Attitude to Health
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Emergency Service, Hospital*
  • England
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Satisfaction*
  • Urban Health