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Discrepancies on quality perceived by the patients versus professionals on the quality of a nuclear medicine department

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Discrepancies on quality perceived by the patients versus professionals on the quality of a nuclear medicine department

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Rodrigo-Rincon, I; Goni-Girones, E; Serra-Arbeloa, P; Martinez-Lozano, ME; Reyes-Perez, M

PURPOSE: To evaluate the discrepancies between the professionals and outpatients on quality perceived of a Nuclear Medicine Department (NMD).
MATERIAL AND METHODS: This cross-sectional study has been carried out using two questionnaires: a validated patient experience questionnaire and a quality perception questionnaire for professionals. Both questionnaires use the same 25 categorical items to measure service quality, 2 Likert scale items to measure satisfaction and willingness to recommend the NMD and 1 open-ended question. The patient questionnaire included 6 socio-demographic items and one job-related question (professionals). The categorical items were classified as "conformity" or "non-conformity."
RESULTS: The response rate was 36.7% for outpatients and 100% for professionals. Mean value for satisfaction with the NMD was 9 points for patients and 6.9 points for professionals. Mean number of non-conformity items per person was 2.8 for the patient group and 8.7 for the professional group. Cohen's Kappa value was 0.112, indicating poor agreement in the classification of items as strong points and areas for improvement. Of the 25 items, the professionals and patients coincided on 12 (48%).
CONCLUSION: Agreement was low between the quality perception of patients and professionals. The patients scored quality of service higher than the NMD professionals did. These instruments are useful aid to help health organizations detect areas for improvement, and to improve the quality of the service provided to patients. (C) 2014 Elsevier Espana, S.L.U. and SEMNIM. All rights reserved.

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