Analyzing perceived healthcare service quality on patient related outcomes

TURAN A., Bozaykut-Bük T.

International Journal of Quality and Service Sciences, vol.8, no.4, pp.478-497, 2016 (Scopus) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 8 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1108/ijqss-04-2015-0042
  • Journal Name: International Journal of Quality and Service Sciences
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.478-497
  • Keywords: Health service quality, Patient satisfaction, Quality management, Positive word-of-mouth, Public hospital, Repatronate intention
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: Yes


Purpose: Through the lens of a total quality management approach, this paper aims to examine the effects of health-care service quality on patient satisfaction, repatronage intention (RI) and positive word-of mouth (PWOM) at a public hospital specialized in women and children’s diseases. The contribution is to measure and compare patient expectations and perceptions related to the public health service quality. Design/methodology/approach: A structured questionnaire was distributed to in-patients who stayed at a public training and research hospital for at least three days. To analyze the relationship between variables, multiple regression analysis was used. To test the difference between expected and perceived service quality, the paired-sample t-test was used. Findings: The findings provided empirical evidence that perceived service quality significantly influenced patient satisfaction, RI and PWOM. The “responsiveness and reliability” factor was found to be the most influential on patient RI and PWOM. The “tangibility” dimension had the strongest influence on patient satisfaction. Practical implications: The results reveal that a reliable and responsive service, empathic personnel behaviors and appropriate tangibles are the outstanding factors for high levels of patient satisfaction, RI and PWOM. Originality/value: Although the concepts of perceived service quality, patient satisfaction, RI and PWOM are explored frequently in service literature, there are few researches that focus on specialized health services for women and children’s diseases. By evaluating the service quality, it is hoped to provide an insight to health-care managers about the service quality dimensions and their relationship with patient satisfaction, RI and PWOM, specifically based on women patients.