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Socioeconomic profile and degree of satisfaction of patients attending Gastroenterology Outpatient Clinics of a University Institution.

Costa, Magali Angelica da; Carvente, Claudia Teresa; Santos, Virgínia Nascimento Dos; Ferraz, Maria Lucia Cardoso Gomes; Toledo, Carlos Fischer de.
Rev Esc Enferm USP; 53: e03436, 2019 Jul 15.
Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31314862

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the degree of satisfaction and the socioeconomic profile of patients attending Gastroenterology Outpatient Clinics at a University institution linked to the Brazilian Unified Health System.

METHOD:

A researcher-administered questionnaire was applied during a structured interview in outpatient clinics.

RESULTS:

Two hundred and forty (240) patients were included in the study (mean age of 53 years, 55% women). About 30% of the patients had incomplete elementary education, 25% had complete secondary education, and 53% were active workers. Approximately 87% attending the outpatient clinics were from the B2, C1 and C2 socioeconomic classes with an estimated family income of USD$275.00 to USD$825.00/month. Ninety-two percent (92%) of patients were satisfied with the care received; the items associated with a lower degree of satisfaction were facilities/comfort, cleanliness, and waiting time for consultation. No relationship was observed between socioeconomic profile and degree of satisfaction.

CONCLUSION:

Satisfaction surveys are important to identify opportunities for improving healthcare services, and it is incumbent upon managers, health professionals and even users to promote compliance with laws and decrees that seek to improve healthcare.