The view of caring among patients and personnel

Scand J Caring Sci. 1998;12(1):33-41.


All patients in hospital care and primary health care in the country of Västerbotten, Sweden (n = 5158) were asked to express their level of satisfaction with the quality of care. The study was carried out on one specific day. All personnel on duty that day (n = 2824) were also included and asked to give their interpretations of their patients' experiences. A questionnaire containing positive and negative statements concerning both the relationship and the task aspects of care was used. The results showed that the youngest and oldest patients expressed the highest degree of satisfaction, while young and middle-aged patients expressed a more restrained view. The least satisfactory aspects concerned the opportunities to express criticism and the possibilities of receiving information about access to help outside the health care organization. The personnel's responses agreed with those of the patients, but fewer personnel thought that their patients were satisfied than was in fact the case.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Child
  • Empathy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Satisfaction*
  • Primary Health Care / standards*
  • Quality of Health Care*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires