Eye on patients: excerpts from a report on patients' concerns and experiences about the health care system. American Hospital Association and the Picker Institute

J Health Care Finance. 1997 Summer;23(4):2-11.


The American Hospital Association and The Picker Institute gathered information about patients' perceptions and experiences with health care. The first of a series of reports, Eye on Patients, is excerpted in this article. Preliminary findings show that despite reported rates of "satisfaction" consumers are worried about the future of health care, customer service programs have improved patients' interactions with care givers but these do not address core issues, and patients' experiences reveal problems with the way the system works and how decisions are made about patients' care.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • American Hospital Association
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Consumer Behavior / statistics & numerical data*
  • Continuity of Patient Care
  • Delivery of Health Care / organization & administration
  • Delivery of Health Care / standards*
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • Health Care Surveys*
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Hospital-Patient Relations
  • Humans
  • Patient Participation
  • Professional-Patient Relations
  • Quality of Health Care / statistics & numerical data*
  • Social Support
  • United States