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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 511-515

Patient's experiences and satisfaction with preanesthesia services: A prospective audit

Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, LHMC and Associated Hospitals, New Delhi, India

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Anju Gupta
Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, 437, Pocket A, Sarita Vihar, New Delhi - 110 076
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0970-9185.86597

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Background : Patient satisfaction with the medical services is an important indicator of quality of healthcare but is seldom given importance in our country. It is difficult to measure patient satisfaction, especially in pre- and perioperative period. Materials and Methods : We conducted this audit by means of a questionnaire designed to assess preanesthetic clinic services in a large government hospital. A total of 200 patients were randomly selected to respond to a multiple item questionnaire. Statistical Analysis : A database was created and analyzed using Microsoft Excel. Results : 95% patients filled the proforma. Most of the patients (60%) were not aware of the purpose of visit to preanesthetic clinic. Majority of them were attended in time by the doctors but most of them (60%) received fitness after 2 to 3 visits. Majority was not explained about the preanesthesia instructions. Most of them were not satisfied by amenities in hospital. Several studies have shown that a thorough preoperative examination can be as effective as an anxiolytic premedication and can increase quality of care. In our study, location of preanesthetic clinic and unable to get fitness in first visit (because of lack of coordination between doctors of various specialties) were the major hindrances. Conclusion : Measures should be taken to improve the functioning of preanesthesia clinic and patient satisfaction.

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