Adolescent quality of life and satisfaction with care

J Adolesc Health. 2006 May;38(5):607.e1-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2005.08.004.


Purpose: 1) To describe adolescents' responses to a client satisfaction and family-centered care survey; 2) to examine the relationship between satisfaction with health care and health-related quality of life (HRQL) among these adolescents; and 3) to determine if adolescents and their parents differ in their satisfaction with services.

Methods: We recruited 104 adolescents who attended the Alberta Children's Hospital pediatric neurology clinic. Each family completed the Client Satisfaction Questionnaire (CSQ), the Family Centered Care Survey (FCCS), the Measure of Processes of Care (MPOC) survey, the Give Youth a Voice (GYV) survey, and the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL).

Results: Of 116 eligible families, 104 (90%) completed the study. The majority (83%) of adolescents were satisfied with services provided. Adolescents who were very satisfied on the CSQ and the FCCS had higher PedsQL psychosocial scores (p = .009 and .013, respectively). Multivariate analysis revealed that adolescents' psychosocial HRQL was the most significant predictor of their satisfaction with care (odds ratio [OR] 1.03, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.01 to 1.06). There was a difference between parents' and adolescents' responses to the FCCS (p = .02), with adolescents being less satisfied overall.

Conclusions: Given that adolescents and parents differ in their satisfaction with health care, it is helpful to have direct input from adolescents on health services surveys. The positive relationship between adolescents' psychosocial HRQL and satisfaction with care highlights the potential impact of emotional health on subjective rating of services. Further studies should determine if improvement in adolescents' mental health is associated with greater satisfaction with health care and/or increased adherence with medical treatments.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Health Services / standards*
  • Adult
  • Ambulatory Care / standards
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Neurology / standards
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Patient Satisfaction*
  • Quality of Life*