Introduction: Patient's satisfaction is one indicator of healthcare quality. Few studies have examined the inpatient experiences in resource-scarce environments in sub-Saharan Africa. Methods: To examine patient's satisfaction on the public medical wards at a Kenyan referral hospital, we performed a cross-sectional survey focused on patient's satisfaction with medical information and their relationship with staffing and hospital routine. Ratings of communication with providers, efforts to protect privacy, information about costs, food, and hospital environment were also elicited. Results: Overall, the average patient's satisfaction rating was 64.7, nearly midway between "average" and "good" Higher rated satisfaction was associated with higher self-rated general health scores and self-rated health gains during the hospitalization (p=0.023 and p=0.001). Women who shared a hospital bed found privacy to be "below average" to "poor" Most men (72.7%) felt information about costs was insufficient. Patients rated food and environmental quality favorably while also frequently suggesting these areas could be improved. Conclusion: Overall, patients expressed satisfaction with the care provided. These ratings may reflect modest patients' expectations as well as acceptable circumstances and performance. Women expressed concern about privacy while men expressed a desire for more information on costs. Inconsistencies were noted between patient ratings and free response answers. © Geren Starr Stone et al.
Stone, G. S., Jerotich, T. S., Cheriro, B. R., Kiptoo, R. S., Crowe, S. J., Koros, E. K., … Onalo, P. T. (2014). Sauti Za Wananchi “voice of the people”: Patient’s satisfaction on the medical wards at a Kenyan Referral Hospital. Pan African Medical Journal, 18. https://doi.org/10.11604/pamj.2014.18.308.4466