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Patient complaints evaluation stages-I in emergency setting: development of the evaluation form

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Author(s): Şenay KARADAĞ | Fatma ETİ ASLAN

Journal: Turkish Journal of Emergency Medicine
ISSN 1304-7361

Volume: 8;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 73;
Date: 2008;

Keywords: Emergency department | patient complaints | consistency | reliability.

ABSTRACT
Objectives: The study was performed to determine the reliability of a form that developed to evaluate the patients’ complaints in emergency setting. Materials and Methods: The study was carried out in an emergency department (ED) of a private hospital between 04 November 2006 and 12 March 2007. Fifty volunteer patients stayed at least two hours in ED, 16 years and older and at least graduated from primary school composed the study population. The data of the study were collected in two steps by using Patient Complaints Evaluation Form (PCEF) consisted of six subtitles and 41 items. In the first step, PCEF was filled by patients during discharge from ED, and telephone follow-up and electronic-mail were used in the second step. The scores of PCEF were compared between two steps. Results: Six items were excluded from PCEF and two items were modified after the evaluation. Totally, it was composed of 35 items and the Cronbach alpha coefficient value was found 0.884 indicating a high reliability. Conclusion: Patient complaint is a subjective concept. Standardized forms should be used in order to configure these complaints to a more objective status. PCEF should be used for determining the complaints of patients in emergency setting.
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