Hospital services for ill patients in the middle-belt geopolitical zone, Nigeria: patient's waiting time and level of satisfaction

Abdulsalam, Ahmed and Khan, Hafiz T.A. ORCID: (2017) Hospital services for ill patients in the middle-belt geopolitical zone, Nigeria: patient's waiting time and level of satisfaction. Illness, Crisis & Loss, 28 (1). pp. 18-37. ISSN 1054-1373

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An important parameter in the assessment of quality healthcare lies on patient satisfaction. Despite concerted efforts to improve health care services, patient satisfaction couple with the quality of hospital care at disposal remains a significant challenge in Nigeria. The purpose of the study was to determine the perception on factors associated with prolonged waiting time and patient satisfaction at the outpatient department of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida Specialist Hospital in Nigeria. A mixed method research was utilised. Questionnaire was administered on 95 outpatients along with a focus group discussion (FGD) was held with 8 participants. Statistical analysis was utilized to determine the association between dependent and independent variables. Data from focus group discussion was analysed with NVivo 10. The overall hospital satisfaction was found to be 75.8% among the study population. There was a significant inverse relationship between the level of satisfaction with the doctor and (employment status, and educational level) and direct relationship with (appointment status and type of visits). In FDG, the result shows that patients were satisfied with the neatness of the hospital, doctor's professionalism and patient-doctor relationship. Dissatisfaction was with extended patient waiting time and the small size infrastructure of the hospital, inefficient handling of patient files by nurse aids and thoroughness of the physicians. The results showed that majority of the patients were dissatisfied with the waiting time for consultation in the hospital. In other words, consultation time positively correlated with the level of patient satisfaction. To improve the overall patient satisfaction the waiting time for consultation should be reduced significantly.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.1177/1054137316689582
Additional Information: The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in Illness, Crisis & Loss (OnlineFirst) by Sage Publications Ltd, All rights reserved. © The Author(s), 2017. It is available at:
Keywords: illness, patients, satisfaction, waiting time
Subjects: Medicine and health > Health promotion and public health
Medicine and health > Health promotion and public health > Healthcare education
Social sciences
Social sciences > Social work
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Depositing User: Hafiz T.A. Khan
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2017 09:58
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 15:52


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