Background: Several factors could influence patient satisfaction with endoscopy including technical quality of care, comfort and tolerability of the procedure, whether informed consent has been obtained, the level of communication with staff before and after the procedure, and delays in appointments.
Aim: To assess what factors should be measured in assessing patient satisfaction by using a 16-point questionnaire based on the informed consent recommendations of the first workshop at Kos, and of the criteria of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), and to compare the response of patients with gastroenterologists and the support staff.
Method: The questionnaire was answered by 81 patients, 71 gastroenterologists and 36 support staff (nurses and receptionists). It graded the relative importance of different factors which influenced the perception of satisfaction in those undergoing endoscopy. These factors included: the waiting time for appointment, the explanation received at various stages before and after the procedure, the reception process, the importance of premedication against pain and discomfort, privacy and satisfaction related to findings at the procedure.
Results: Thirteen of the 16 factors were generally graded as important for patient satisfaction. The finding at endoscopy, a written explanation and the alternatives to the endoscopic procedure were regarded as of lesser importance. Gastroenterologists tended to rate the importance of a written explanation and the explanations from the nurses before and after the procedure lower than did the patients and nursing staff.
Conclusions: The courtesy and personal manner of the entire medical staff, as evidenced by the explanation of the procedure by the various physicians before and after and the process of admission, were generally rated of the highest importance. The nurses' ranking of the various factors was closer to that of the patients than of the gastroenterologists.
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