Nurses’ Perspectives on the Impact of Marketing Mix Elements (7Ps) on Patients’ Tendency to Kind of Hospital
BACKGROUND: Marketing mix (7Ps) is a critical concept in healthcare management and health marketing. Hence, this study was conducted to investigating the role of 7Ps on patients’ disposition to the kind of hospital from nurses’ perspectives.
METHODS: A cross-sectional study design was used in 2015. The study was conducted in one state in Iran (Mazandaran). The statistical population included nurses (n=235) in public and private hospitals were selected randomly through the list. Data were collected by questionnaire and were analyzed using SPSS software (version 22).
RESULTS: The results showed that 38.6 percent of nurses were males and the others (61.4 percent) were females. Their mean age was 31.0±7.1 years, and the majority of them belonged to the 30-40 age group. The mean work experience of them was 11.42±6.5
years. The findings showed that there were significant differences between nurses’ perspectives in public and private hospitals about the effect of 7Ps elements on patients’ tendency to the public and private hospitals (p<0.05).
CONCLUSIONS: According to the results, the officials of public hospitals should take more attention to the elements like product, place, promotion, people, physical assets and process management more than the past because these elements cause that the patients are disposed to the private hospitals while the government make more investment in public hospitals.