Assessment of Clients’ Satisfaction with Health Service Deliveries at Jimma University Specialized Hospital

  • F Assefa
  • A Mosse
  • Y H/Michael
Keywords: Hospital, Outpatient Department, inpatient, satisfaction

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Client satisfaction is considered as one of the desired outcomes of health care and it is directly related with utilization of health services. Nonetheless, there is no adequate information on users’ perception about the service provided in the hospital after the implementation of Business process re-engineering reform. Hence, the objective of this study was to assess the perceived levels of clients’ satisfaction with health services rendered at Jimma University Specialized Hospital. METHODS: A cross sectional study was conducted from March 1-8, 2010 on a sample of 422 service users of the hospital using systematic random sampling technique. Data was collected using structured questionnaire and analyzed by SPSS for windows version 16.0. Statistical tests were employed where necessary at 0.05 level of significance. RESULT: The questionnaire was administered to a total of 422 clients , of which, 51.7 % were male, about 33.4% of the respondents were between the age group 25-34, 41.% of the clients were illiterates, 60% were from the rural areas and 57.8 % received the service free of charge. The findings of the study showed that the overall client satisfaction level with the health services rendered at the hospital was 77%. Satisfaction was reported to be highest (82.7%) with the way the doctors examined them and on the other hand dissatisfaction was reported to be highest (46.9%) by respondents with the time spent to see a doctor. Furthermore, satisfaction with the health care was found to have a significant association with the age of the respondents (p=0.034) and educational level of the respondents (p=0.003). CONCLUSION: This study showed higher clients’ satisfaction level in the University Specialized Hospital when compared to previous studies in the same hospital as well as other similar studies in the country. Lack of drugs and supplies, poor information provision, long waiting time, poor cleanliness, lack of privacy and inadequate visiting hours, were found to be the major causes of dissatisfaction. Therefore, the Hospital management should understand these weak service areas and plan for a better service delivery. KEYWORDS: Hospital, Outpatient Department, inpatient, satisfaction.
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