Strong national interest in health care delivery systems and a highly competitive marketplace have mandated that military hospital commanders be increasingly aware of organizational performance. Historically, one variable that has been used to assess such performance is patient satisfaction with the care received. The purpose of this study was to measure patient satisfaction at a major military medical center and to assess how patient satisfaction correlated with the variables of provider satisfaction and nurse/patient ratio. One hundred eightyeight patients completed the LaMonica- Oberst Patient Satisfaction Scale. Data analysis revealed that, although overall patient satisfaction was high, it was significantly higher on the intensive care units and in other areas where the nurse/patient ratio was high. Interestingly, there was no correlation between the staffs perceptions of their work environment and patient satisfaction. Findings from this study serve to highlight the continued need for a low nurse/patient ratio and are suggestive of the need for refinement of patient satisfaction survey tools available at present.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health