Original Article | Volume 17 Number 2: 0 | 17 May 2022

Patients’ satisfaction with healthcare services providers and its determinants in the urban family physician program in Iran: A cross-sectional study

ABSTRACT

Introduction: The quality of healthcare services can be determined by patient satisfaction as it affects the performance, sustainability, and durability of health services. This study aims to determine patients’ satisfaction with healthcare service providers and its determinants in the urban family physician program in Fars and Mazandaran provinces, Iran.
Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted on the populations covered by the urban family physician program in Fars and Mazandaran provinces in 2016. In total, 864 households were selected in each province using random cluster sampling. Socio-demographic variables and underlying factors were gathered. Patient satisfaction levels were evaluated using a validated questionnaire.
Results: Of the 1,480 participants with a mean age of 46.9 ± 14.2 years, 53.3% lived in Fars province and 74.2% were female. Furthermore, 67.9% of the patients were satisfied with their healthcare service providers. A higher satisfaction level was observed among the patients who resided in Fars province, lived in cities with <100,000 residents, walked <10 minutes to the family physician’s office, had a family physician they previously knew, accepted the family
physician, had a positive attitude towards the importance of having a family physician and a referral system, and had adequate knowledge of the family physician program.
Conclusion: The results indicated that two-thirds of the patients were satisfied with healthcare service providers. Several socio-demographic variables were associated with the patients’ satisfaction levels. Improving the family physician program by providing adequate medical equipment and monitoring physicians’ performance could increase patient satisfaction and improve the sustainability of the program.

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