Improving patient satisfaction in the orthopaedic trauma population.

Morris BJ, Richards JE, Archer KR, Lasater M, Rabalais D, Sethi MK, Jahangir AA
J Orthop Trauma. 2014 28 (4): e80-4

PMID: 24158181 · DOI:10.1097/01.bot.0000435604.75873.ba

OBJECTIVES - Patient satisfaction is a key determinant of the quality of care and an important component of pay for performance metrics. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of a simple intervention aimed to increase patients' understanding of their orthopaedic trauma surgeon and improve patient satisfaction with the overall quality of inpatient care delivered by the attending surgeon.

DESIGN - Prospective quality improvement initiative using a randomized intervention.

SETTING - Level 1 academic trauma center.

PATIENTS/PARTICIPANTS - Two hundred twelve patients were eligible; 100 patients were randomized to the intervention group, and 112 patients were randomized to the control group. Overall, 76 patients could be reached for follow-up satisfaction survey, including 34 patients in the intervention group and 42 patients in the control group.

INTERVENTION - Patients randomized to the intervention group received an attending biosketch card, which included a picture of the attending orthopaedic surgeon with a brief synopsis of his educational background, specialty, surgical interests, and research interests.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES - Our primary outcome measure was a patient satisfaction survey assessing patients' rating of the overall quality of inpatient care delivered by the attending surgeon.

RESULTS - Overall, 25 (74%) of 34 patients who received an attending biosketch card reported "excellent overall quality of doctor care," whereas only 22 (52%) of 42 patients in the control group reported "excellent overall quality of doctor care" (P = 0.05). Age, gender, race, education, insurance status, primary injury type, and the length of hospital stay were not significant with reference to "excellent" outcome.

CONCLUSIONS - Clinically significant improvements in satisfaction with the overall quality of inpatient care by the attending surgeon were identified in patients who received a biosketch card of his or her attending orthopaedic surgeon.

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Adult Biography as Topic Female Health Care Surveys Hospitalization Humans Male Middle Aged Orthopedics Patient Satisfaction Prospective Studies Quality Improvement Quality of Health Care

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