Comparison of Resident and Faculty Patient Satisfaction Surveys in a Pediatric Ambulatory Clinic

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Background: Patient satisfaction is an important component of quality of care. To date, no studies have looked at differences in faculty and resident patient satisfaction in a pediatric practice. Purpose: The purpose was to compare physician measures of patient satisfaction among residents in training and faculty attendings. Methods: We conducted satisfaction surveys containing 4 questions related to physician performance at a children's health clinic. We compared satisfaction scores across training levels of physicians. Results: We analyzed 676 surveys. The 2nd-year and 3rd/4th-year residents had similar high scores on all questions compared to faculty preceptors. The 1st-year residents scored significantly lower than faculty preceptors, 3rd/4th-year residents, and 2nd-year residents on 1 question and the combined average of the 3 physician-specific questions. Conclusions: The 1st-year residents scored lower on patient satisfaction than physicians at higher levels of training. The 2nd-year and 3rd/4th-year residents achieved high satisfaction scores in a primary care clinic, comparable to scores of experienced practitioners. Copyright © 2006 by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.



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