Waiting times and patient satisfaction in the accident and emergency department

Arch Emerg Med. 1992 Jun;9(2):162-8. doi: 10.1136/emj.9.2.162.


A survey of the waiting times and patients' opinions of these times was undertaken in a busy district general hospital A&E department. The various components of the overall waiting time are analysed and specific points of the patients' attendance, where waiting times were prolonged, are identified. Standards are derived which is hoped may result in 75% of patients being satisfied with the duration of their wait. The current levels of achievement are compared with these standards. Suggested and actual improvements to the department to improve our performance are described.

MeSH terms

  • Emergency Service, Hospital / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Patient Satisfaction / statistics & numerical data*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Time Factors
  • Waiting Lists*