[Evaluation of patient satisfaction in outpatient pharmacy]

Farm Hosp. 2008 Mar-Apr;32(2):71-6.
[Article in Spanish]


Objective: To establish the level of satisfaction and dissatisfaction with the service received by patients attending the Outpatient Pharmacy regarding the care received.

Method: Two-month long cross-sectional study. The study included all patients who had attended the Outpatient Pharmacy (OP) and had given their consent. Satisfaction was measured using a previously validated survey (Likert-type scale), with 5 possible closed answers (1: Disagree and 5: Strongly agree) and the Satisfaction Index established by the Regional Ministry of Health for the Autonomous Community of Valencia. Dissatisfaction was assessed via the complaints received by the Patient Service Department over the last 10 years.

Results: Patient satisfaction survey (nfinal=138). Overall Satisfaction Index (SI): 76% (95% CI: 72-80%). Greatest satisfaction: Pharmacists Skills (SI: 88%; 95% CI: 87-88%). Lowest satisfaction: dispensing area (SI: 63%; 95% CI: 60-66%) and dispensing process (SI: 68%; 95% CI: 67-70%). Complaints (n=22). Reasons for dissatisfaction: dispensing process (72%) and dispensing area (10%).

Conclusions: Although the Satisfaction Index is a useful indicator for identifying improvements, the reasons for dissatisfaction are also required as a complement to this information. Those aspects in need of improvement are the dispensing area and process and increased structural and human resources are required.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Humans
  • Outpatients*
  • Patient Satisfaction*
  • Pharmacy Service, Hospital / standards*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires