Objectives: To evaluate the effect of patient satisfaction on health-related quality of life among dermatological outpatients, independently of patients' sociodemographic, and clinical characteristics. Design: Prospective cohort study. Satisfaction was evaluated with a standardized questionnaire three days after the visit by telephone interview. Quality of life and psychiatric disorders were measured with validated instruments (Skindex-29 and Ghq-12) before the dermatological visit and after four weeks. At the four week interview also self-reported medication adherence was assessed. Setting: Outpatient clinics of a large dermatological hospital in Rome, Italy. Patients: A consecutive sample of 1389 outpatients was approached, and 52% agreed to participate. Inclusion criteria were met by 424 patients, and 396 (93%) of them completed the study. Main outcome measures: Improvement in health related quality of life. Results: At multivariate analysis satisfied patients have approximately twice the odds for an improved quality of life on the emotions scale (OR = 1.99; 95% CI 1.1 to 3.7; P = 0.03) and on the functioning scale (OR = 2.2;95% CI 1.1 to 4.7; P = 0.03). Patients with psychiatric disorders at baseline were less likely to have an improved quality of life on the functioning scale (OR = 0.3; 95% CI 0.2 to 0.8; P = 0.01). Conclusions: This is the first prospective study showing that patient satisfaction and psychiatric disorders have a significant effect on quality of life improvement among dermatological patients, independently of patient characteristics. Particular attention should be devoted to improving physicians' interpersonal skills, the major component of patient satisfaction. © 2005 European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology.

Effects of patient satisfaction with care on health-related quality of life: A prospective study

Renzi C.;Braga M.
2005-01-01

Abstract

Objectives: To evaluate the effect of patient satisfaction on health-related quality of life among dermatological outpatients, independently of patients' sociodemographic, and clinical characteristics. Design: Prospective cohort study. Satisfaction was evaluated with a standardized questionnaire three days after the visit by telephone interview. Quality of life and psychiatric disorders were measured with validated instruments (Skindex-29 and Ghq-12) before the dermatological visit and after four weeks. At the four week interview also self-reported medication adherence was assessed. Setting: Outpatient clinics of a large dermatological hospital in Rome, Italy. Patients: A consecutive sample of 1389 outpatients was approached, and 52% agreed to participate. Inclusion criteria were met by 424 patients, and 396 (93%) of them completed the study. Main outcome measures: Improvement in health related quality of life. Results: At multivariate analysis satisfied patients have approximately twice the odds for an improved quality of life on the emotions scale (OR = 1.99; 95% CI 1.1 to 3.7; P = 0.03) and on the functioning scale (OR = 2.2;95% CI 1.1 to 4.7; P = 0.03). Patients with psychiatric disorders at baseline were less likely to have an improved quality of life on the functioning scale (OR = 0.3; 95% CI 0.2 to 0.8; P = 0.01). Conclusions: This is the first prospective study showing that patient satisfaction and psychiatric disorders have a significant effect on quality of life improvement among dermatological patients, independently of patient characteristics. Particular attention should be devoted to improving physicians' interpersonal skills, the major component of patient satisfaction. © 2005 European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology.
Patient satisfaction
Prospective study
Quality of life
Skin diseases
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