Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care

: 2014  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 5--11

Patient Satisfaction and it俟Q製 Relation to Diabetic Control in a Primary Care Setting

Abeer Al Shahrani, Muneera Baraja 
 Department of Family Medicine and PHC, King Abdul-Aziz Medical City; Family Medicine Residency Training Program, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Abeer Al Shahrani
Department of Family Medicine and PHC, King Abdul-Aziz Medical City, National Guard Health Affairs, P.O. Box 22490, Mail Code 4010, Riyadh 11426
Saudi Arabia

Context: Patient satisfaction is of increasing importance and recognized as an important indicator for quality of care. It is influenced by the patients, physicians and practice俟Q製 characteristics. The literature on diabetes has increasingly focused on the quality of care and its measurement. The relationship between the quality of diabetes care and patient satisfaction is poorly understood and it requires further elaboration. Aims: The aim of this study is to Identify the underlying factors influencing patient俟Q製 satisfaction with the diabetes care, to assess whether comprehensive diabetes management that provided in diabetic clinic improves satisfaction and glycemic control. Settings and Design: Cross-sectional study Family Medicine and Diabetic Clinics at King Abdul-Aziz Medical City. Materials and Methods: A total of 230 type two diabetic patients attending their follow-up were requested to fill the questionnaire. The questionnaire identified patients, doctors and practice related factors. Statistical Analysis Used: SPSS 16 with appropriate statistical test. Results: The response rate was 85%. Mean hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) level was 0.087 ± 0.020. Around half of the patients were having high satisfaction rate of (>60%). Doctor俟Q製 communication ranked the highest satisfaction level among other factors. However, no association between satisfaction with other patient俟Q製 characteristics and HbA1c. Conclusions: Physicians play a major role in promoting higher level of satisfaction by good communication with their patients. More efforts are needed to improve certain aspects of diabetic care such as: Patient俟Q製 education and periodic physical examination. Although the present study did not show any association between satisfaction and important outcome like HbA1c, more studies are needed to explore such complex relationship. To obtain more significant results a bigger sample size might be needed.

How to cite this article:
Al Shahrani A, Baraja M. Patient Satisfaction and it's Relation to Diabetic Control in a Primary Care Setting.J Family Med Prim Care 2014;3:5-11

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Al Shahrani A, Baraja M. Patient Satisfaction and it's Relation to Diabetic Control in a Primary Care Setting. J Family Med Prim Care [serial online] 2014 [cited 2021 Apr 11 ];3:5-11
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