There is a growing consensus within the NHS of the importance of obtaining feedback from patients in order to improve the quality of health care; consequently, many patient satisfaction surveys are now undertaken. However, much research is based on provider‐held assumptions about service quality. This study focuses on patient satisfaction with coronary bypass surgery, starting with the concerns expressed by patients and using these as a basis for evaluating different aspects of care. The paired comparison technique was employed to produce a ranked list of aspects of care that were perceived to be in greatest need of improvement. Some difficulties were encountered in administering the ranking technique to patients in a highly specialized health‐care setting; however, results were obtained and validated for follow‐up patients. The item of most concern to these patients was a lack of sensitivity about when patients felt ready for discharge.
|Number of pages
|International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
|Published - 1994