Doctors' engagements with patient experience surveys in primary and secondary care: a qualitative study.
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Farrington, C., Burt, J., Boiko, O., Campbell, J., & Roland, M. (2017). Doctors' engagements with patient experience surveys in primary and secondary care: a qualitative study.. Health Expect, 20 (3), 385-394. https://doi.org/10.1111/hex.12465
Background Patient experience surveys are increasingly important in the measurement of, and attempts to improve, healthcare quality. To date, little research has focused upon doctors’ attitudes to surveys which give them personalised feedback. Aim This paper explores doctors’ perceptions of patient experience surveys in primary and secondary care settings in order to deepen understandings of how doctors view the plausibility of such surveys. Design, setting and participants We conducted a qualitative study with doctors in two regions of England, involving in-depth semi-structured interviews with doctors working in primary care (n=21) and secondary care (n=20) settings. The doctors in both settings had recently received individualised feedback from patient experience surveys. Findings Doctors in both settings express strong personal commitments to incorporating patient feedback in quality improvement efforts. However, they also concurrently express strong negative views about the credibility of survey findings and patients’ motivations and competence in providing feedback. Thus, individual doctors demonstrate contradictory views regarding the plausibility of patient surveys, leading to complex, varied and often on balance negative engagements with patient feedback. Discussion Doctors’ contradictory views towards patient experience surveys are likely to limit the impact of such surveys in quality improvement initiatives in primary and secondary care. We highlight the need for ‘sensegiving’ initiatives (i.e. attempts to influence perceptions by communicating particular ideas, narratives, and visions) to engage with doctors regarding the plausibility of patient experience surveys. Conclusion This study highlights the importance of engaging with doctors’ views about patient experience surveys when developing quality improvement initiatives.
patient experience surveys, primary care, quality improvement, secondary care, England, Feedback, Female, General Practitioners, Humans, Male, Patient Satisfaction, Primary Health Care, Qualitative Research, Quality Improvement, Secondary Care, Surveys and Questionnaires
Funding was received from the NIHR.
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH) (BRC 2012-2017)
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/hex.12465
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/254975
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