Patient satisfaction in dental outpatient clinics in Turkey

Sur H., HAYRAN O. E., Yildirim C., MUMCU G.

Croatian Medical Journal, vol.45, no.5, pp.651-654, 2004 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 45 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Journal Name: Croatian Medical Journal
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.651-654
  • Keywords: Dental care, Dental service, hospital, Patient satisfaction
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: No


Aim. To measure the level of patient satisfaction in the dental outpatient clinics from a group of state hospitals in Turkey and explore the factors that may influence satisfaction. Methods. In a cross-sectional study, patients attending the outpatient clinics state hospitals from 9 provinces were interviewed. Data regarding socio-demographic characteristics of the respondents were collected and a patient satisfaction questionnaire, which consisted of 29 statements regarding various aspects of satisfaction, were completed during face-to-face interviews (n = 641, response rate 89%). Results. There was no difference between the mean satisfaction scores of the study group with regard to socio-demographic characteristics except for the type of health insurance held by the patient. Patients covered by state pension funds had significantly higher satisfaction scores than the self-employed group with public insurance. Patients were most satisfied with privacy (82.1 % of the respondents). Waiting time was the least satisfactory issue, with only 41.8% of patients reporting satisfaction with waiting time. Conclusion. The type of health insurance of the patients seems to be a significant predictor of dental patient satisfaction in Turkish state hospitals. Privacy was the most satisfactory service attribute whereas the waiting time had the lowest satisfactory rating.