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Patient satisfaction with hospital care provided by hospitalists and primary care physicians.
J Hosp Med 2012; 7(2):131-6JH

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Compared to hospital care provided by primary care physicians (PCPs), the hospitalist model provides equal-to-superior efficiency and outcomes; however, little is known about how the model affects patient satisfaction.

METHODS

Random patient satisfaction telephone interviews were conducted on discharged adult medicine inpatients at 3 Massachusetts hospitals between 2003 and 2009. Questionnaires included variables assessing patient satisfaction with various physician care domains. Patient age, gender, admission year, education level, language, illness severity, emergency room admission status, institution, and attending physician type were extracted from billing records. We used adjusted multivariable models to compare patient satisfaction with hospitalists and PCPs for domains of: physician care quality, physician behavior, pain management, communication.

RESULTS

Inpatients completed discharge surveys for 8295 encounters (3597 hospitalist, 4698 PCP). Multivariate-adjusted satisfaction scores for physician care quality were slightly higher for PCPs than hospitalists (4.24 vs 4.20, P = 0.04); there was no statistical difference at any individual hospital, and no difference among different hospitalist groups. Patient ratings of hospitalists and PCPs for behavior, pain control, and communication were equivalent (all P values >0.23). In multivariable models, hospitalists and PCPs had similar adjusted proportions in the highest satisfaction category (79.2% vs 80.5%, respectively, P = 0.17) and lowest category (5.1% vs 4.5%, respectively, P = 0.19). Quality ratings of both groups improved equivalently (P slope interaction = 0.47) but significantly over time (PCP 4.21 (2003) to 4.36 (2009), hospitalist 4.11 to 4.33, P Δ <0.001).

CONCLUSIONS

Patients appear similarly satisfied with inpatient care provided by several hospitalist models and by primary care physicians.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Division of Healthcare Quality, Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA 01199, USA. Adrianne.Seiler@bhs.orgNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article
Multicenter Study

Language

eng

PubMed ID

22042532

Citation

Seiler, Adrianne, et al. "Patient Satisfaction With Hospital Care Provided By Hospitalists and Primary Care Physicians." Journal of Hospital Medicine, vol. 7, no. 2, 2012, pp. 131-6.
Seiler A, Visintainer P, Brzostek R, et al. Patient satisfaction with hospital care provided by hospitalists and primary care physicians. J Hosp Med. 2012;7(2):131-6.
Seiler, A., Visintainer, P., Brzostek, R., Ehresman, M., Benjamin, E., Whitcomb, W., & Rothberg, M. B. (2012). Patient satisfaction with hospital care provided by hospitalists and primary care physicians. Journal of Hospital Medicine, 7(2), pp. 131-6. doi:10.1002/jhm.973.
Seiler A, et al. Patient Satisfaction With Hospital Care Provided By Hospitalists and Primary Care Physicians. J Hosp Med. 2012;7(2):131-6. PubMed PMID: 22042532.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Patient satisfaction with hospital care provided by hospitalists and primary care physicians. AU - Seiler,Adrianne, AU - Visintainer,Paul, AU - Brzostek,Richard, AU - Ehresman,Michael, AU - Benjamin,Evan, AU - Whitcomb,Winthrop, AU - Rothberg,Michael B, Y1 - 2011/10/31/ PY - 2011/03/22/received PY - 2011/08/04/revised PY - 2011/08/13/accepted PY - 2011/11/2/entrez PY - 2011/11/2/pubmed PY - 2012/9/22/medline SP - 131 EP - 6 JF - Journal of hospital medicine JO - J Hosp Med VL - 7 IS - 2 N2 - BACKGROUND: Compared to hospital care provided by primary care physicians (PCPs), the hospitalist model provides equal-to-superior efficiency and outcomes; however, little is known about how the model affects patient satisfaction. METHODS: Random patient satisfaction telephone interviews were conducted on discharged adult medicine inpatients at 3 Massachusetts hospitals between 2003 and 2009. Questionnaires included variables assessing patient satisfaction with various physician care domains. Patient age, gender, admission year, education level, language, illness severity, emergency room admission status, institution, and attending physician type were extracted from billing records. We used adjusted multivariable models to compare patient satisfaction with hospitalists and PCPs for domains of: physician care quality, physician behavior, pain management, communication. RESULTS: Inpatients completed discharge surveys for 8295 encounters (3597 hospitalist, 4698 PCP). Multivariate-adjusted satisfaction scores for physician care quality were slightly higher for PCPs than hospitalists (4.24 vs 4.20, P = 0.04); there was no statistical difference at any individual hospital, and no difference among different hospitalist groups. Patient ratings of hospitalists and PCPs for behavior, pain control, and communication were equivalent (all P values >0.23). In multivariable models, hospitalists and PCPs had similar adjusted proportions in the highest satisfaction category (79.2% vs 80.5%, respectively, P = 0.17) and lowest category (5.1% vs 4.5%, respectively, P = 0.19). Quality ratings of both groups improved equivalently (P slope interaction = 0.47) but significantly over time (PCP 4.21 (2003) to 4.36 (2009), hospitalist 4.11 to 4.33, P Δ <0.001). CONCLUSIONS: Patients appear similarly satisfied with inpatient care provided by several hospitalist models and by primary care physicians. SN - 1553-5606 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/22042532/Patient_satisfaction_with_hospital_care_provided_by_hospitalists_and_primary_care_physicians_ L2 - https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jhm.973 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -