It takes patience and persistence to get negative feedback about patients’ experiences: a secondary analysis of national inpatient survey data

Barron, David, West, Elizabeth, Reeves, Rachel and Hawkes, Denise (2014) It takes patience and persistence to get negative feedback about patients’ experiences: a secondary analysis of national inpatient survey data. BMC Health Services Research, 14 (153).

Abstract

Background
Patient experience surveys are increasingly used to gain information about the quality of healthcare. This paper investigates whether patients who respond before and after reminders to a large national survey of inpatient experience differ in systematic ways in how they evaluate the care they received.

Methods
The English national inpatient survey of 2009 obtained data from just under 70,000 patients. We used ordinal logistic regression to analyse their evaluations of the quality of their care in relation to whether or not they had received a reminder before they responded.

Results
33% of patients responded after the first questionnaire, a further 9% after the first reminder, and a further 10% after the second reminder. Evaluations were less positive among people who responded only after a reminder and lower still among those who needed a second reminder.

Conclusions
Quality improvement efforts depend on having accurate data and negative evaluations of care received in healthcare settings are particularly valuable. This study shows that there is a relationship between the time taken to respond and patients’ evaluations of the care they received, with early responders being more likely to give positive evaluations. This suggests that bias towards positive evaluations could be introduced if the time allowed for patients to respond is truncated or if reminders are omitted.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Patient satisfaction/statistics and numerical data; Hospitals/standards; Health care surveys/methods; Bias (epidemiology); Questionnaires; health care
Subject(s): Health care
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2015 11:42
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2016 13:18
Funders: N/A
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/5814

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