An exploratory study of complaints handling and nature

Int J Nurs Pract. 2012 Oct;18(5):471-80. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-172X.2012.02057.x.


Different countries have different complaints handling systems. This study reveals general pathways to handling complaints that provide an overview at the case hospital as well as a general complaints handling picture in Taiwan. It explores hospital complaints and how hospital staff handle them. A large teaching hospital in Taiwan was purposefully chosen as a case study. Data were collected through in-depth interviews, document analysis and interrogating a 3-year complaints archive. The study found that dissatisfaction with 'humaneness' and 'care/treatment' commonly causes the case hospital patients to complain. Understanding complaint patterns, therefore, can help hospital managers improve organizational performance, which shows that certain service provision needs to be prioritized if hospital staff intend to improve service quality.

MeSH terms

  • Hospital Administration*
  • Hospitals, Teaching
  • Humans
  • Organizational Case Studies
  • Patient Satisfaction*
  • Quality Improvement*
  • Taiwan