Patient satisfaction with nurse practitioner care in emergency departments in Canada
Article first published online: 2 MAY 2008
© 2008 The Author(s) Journal compilation © 2008 American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Volume 20, Issue 5, pages 231–237, May 2008
How to Cite
Thrasher, C. and Purc-Stephenson, R. (2008), Patient satisfaction with nurse practitioner care in emergency departments in Canada. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 20: 231–237. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-7599.2008.00312.x
- Issue published online: 2 MAY 2008
- Article first published online: 2 MAY 2008
- Received: July 2006;accepted: May 2007
- Nurse practitioner;
- emergency departments;
- role implementation;
- patient satisfaction;
Purpose: To measure patient satisfaction with care delivered by nurse practitioners (NPs) in emergency departments (EDs) in Canada using a psychometrically valid survey.
Data sources: All patients who received care from an NP in six participating EDs in Ontario province over a 1-week period were asked to complete a self-administered patient satisfaction survey designed specifically to assess satisfaction with NP care in EDs.
Conclusions: One hundred and thirteen patients completed the survey. Principal components analysis of the survey revealed three factors or subscales: Attentiveness, Comprehensive care, and Role clarity. Scores on the three subscales indicated that patients were satisfied with Attentiveness (M = 3.72, SD = 0.38) and Comprehensive care (M = 3.52, SD = 0.49) and had a moderate understanding of Role clarity (M = 2.99, SD = 0.66). Participants with higher income levels reported higher levels of satisfaction with the attentiveness they received, whereas patients with previous experience with an NP reported higher levels of satisfaction with the comprehensive care they received. There was no appreciable increase in patient satisfaction with the NP based on age, gender, education, or health status.
Implications for practice: These findings indicate that attentiveness, comprehensive care, and role clarity are reflected by the NP in emergency healthcare settings as indicated by the patient‘s responses to the survey. This study supports that meeting expectations is a critical component of patient satisfaction.