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Patients' satisfaction with the care given by district nurses at home and at primary health care centres

Patients' satisfaction with the care given by district nurses at home and at primary health care centres

Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences 14(2): 67-74

The main purpose of this study was to investigate patients' satisfaction with the care given by the district nurses at home and at the primary health care centres in one area of Greater Stockholm. The questionnaire entitled 'Quality of Care from the Patient's Perspective' (QPP) was used. A total of 168 adult, home-care (HC) and 264 outpatient clinic (OC) patients answered this questionnaire. Maximum median scores were reported for most items designed to measure the four following dimensions: 'medical-technical' competence of the district nurses; 'physical-technical' conditions of the care organization; 'identity orientation' in the attitudes and actions of the district nurses and the 'socio-cultural' atmosphere of the care organization; and the perceived accessibility of nursing care. Some areas were identified as being in need of improvement, for example, pain alleviation, safety of the patients' home environment, the possibility of the patients participating in the decision-making process, the feeling that the care is not based on the patients' desires and needs, and the possibility of always meeting the same district nurse. Differences between HC and OC patients and between sub-groups were found regarding demographic characteristics and self-rated, physical health and psychological well-being. HC and OC patients with poor, self-rated, physical health were identified as being likely to be dissatisfied with the care.

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