Document Type

Article

Department

Family Medicine

Abstract

Objective: To study the expectations and satisfaction of patients visiting Family Practice Clinics, at the Aga Khan University Hospital, in Karachi, Pakistan. Methodology: A cross sectional survey of 316 patients was carried out. A questionnaire, based on the study objectives was developed and administered. The participating patient signed a consent form, after assurance of confidentiality was provided. Data on the demographic profile of the patients was collected.
Results: The mean age was 33.81 years, with 105 (33.2%) women, and 211 (66.8%) men. The majority were married, with education above intermediate level and were in private or government service or were housewives. The median for the patient waiting time was 30 minutes, against an expectation of 12.69 minutes. Reading newspaper, watching television, reading magazine, reading Quran and listening to music were quoted as ways to lessen the burden of waiting to see a physician. The average consultation time with the physician was 13.89 minutes, against an expectation of 16.37 minutes. Patient expectation in terms of listening by the doctor with patience, explanation of the diagnosis and treatment, prescription of medicines, ordering of investigations and specialist referral has been documented. Objections to the presence of medical student, nursing student, resident doctor, nurse and an observer, in the consultation room have also been documented. Reasons quoted for the objection include issues of privacy/confidentiality, lack of justification, discomfort, and interference with the consultation process. The expected average cost for doctor’s consultation was Pakistani Rs. 124, while 196 (61.8%) of the respondents were satisfied with the consultation based on Rs. 70.
Conclusion: We have collected important information to improve the services offered at our Family Practice clinics (JPMA 53:122;2003).

Publication

Journal of Pakistan Medical Association

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