The satisfaction levels of the patients admitted to a university hospital
ABSTRACT Objectives: The aim of this study was to determine various aspects of satisfaction levels and related socio-demographical variables of both inpatients and outpatients admitted to a university hospital.Material and Method: Two different questionnaires were prepared to evaluate the satisfaction levels of both inpa-tients and outpatients. Face to face interview was conducted with a total of 820 patients; 379 (%46.2) inpatients and 441 (%53.8) outpatients, to fill out the prepared questionnaires.Results: Among the inpatients 79.5% reported that they were generally satisfied at the level of or above their expec-tations, whereas it was the case for 76.2% of outpatients in the study. When the satisfaction levels of the inpatients and outpatients were compared; inpatients were more satisfied with the care provided by their doctors, the radiology services and patient security than the outpatients. In terms of general hospital hygiene outpatients reported a greater satisfaction than the inpatients. Among inpatients, the patients with advanced age were found to be more satisfied in terms of meal quality and hygiene of the clinic than the younger patients. Literate patients reported higher degrees of satisfaction of general hygiene and intent to re-prefer the hospital than high school graduates. Almost half of the pa-tients in the study (48%) were from lower socioeconomical status and in some dimensions they reported less satis-faction than the patients from higher socioeconomical status.Conclusion: Low socioeconomical status is associated with decreased patient satisfaction. Although general satis-faction levels of inpatients and outpatients are similar, the care provided by doctors, the radiology services, patient security and general hospital hygiene may show some differences between these two groups.