Home 2013 - Volume 13(2) ASSESSING THE SERVICE QUALITY OF PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICES: A CROSS SECTIONAL STUDY AT TEACHING HOSPITALS IN KLANG VALLEY, MALAYSIA
ASSESSING THE SERVICE QUALITY OF PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICES: A CROSS SECTIONAL STUDY AT TEACHING HOSPITALS IN KLANG VALLEY, MALAYSIA PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 13 January 2014 17:41

Nasaruddin Mahdzir M.1, Aniza I.2, Nor Faridah A.R.3, Sulha A.4

1 Clinical Training Centre, Faculty of Medicine, MARA University of Technology (UiTM)

2 Department of Community Health, Faculty of Medicine, National University of Malaysia Medical Centre (UKMMC)

3 Rehabilitation Medicine Discipline, Faculty of Medicine, MARA University of Technology

(UiTM)

4 Departments of Physic, Ministry of Education, Malaysia

ABSTRACT

The physiotherapy services have played major roles as a part of rehabilitation components and emerging in most hospitals throughout Malaysia as well as internationally. As such, there is still a lack of scientific research and reporting about the finding of service quality studies in physiotherapy services at teaching hospitals settings in Malaysia. This study was to assess the level of patients' satisfaction and its contributing factors as well as to assess the quality of physiotherapy services at teaching hospitals in Klang Valley. The cross sectional study was conducted from March until July 2011 among outpatients (311 patients) who has been referred to the Physiotherapy Clinics at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre (UKMMC) and Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) in Klang Valley. Patients were recruited using simple random sampling technique and data were collected by using the validated self-administered Service Quality (SERVQUAL) Questionnaire. About 62.4% respondents in teaching hospitals have met their expectation. ‘Assurance’ showed the highest satisfaction score and ‘Caring Services’ showed the lowest satisfaction score among the entire dimension studied. The factors which significantly influence patient satisfaction include age, education status, working status and number of visit. There are relationships between patient satisfaction with SERVQUAL, Outcome and Corporate Culture components. However, the predictors contributed for overall patient satisfaction at Physiotherapy Clinics at teaching hospitals was not influenced by factors studied (p>0.05). The levels of satisfaction that met patients’ expectation is ‘Moderate’ for teaching hospitals and the ‘Caring Services’ should be focus in order to improve the level of patient satisfaction.

Key words: patient satisfaction, physiotherapy, SERVQUAL, teaching hospital.

 

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