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Health Promot Perspect. 2014;4(1): 61-67.
doi: 10.5681/hpp.2014.008
PMID: 25097838
PMCID: PMC4122040
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Original Research

Effective Interventions on Service Quality Improvement in a Physi­otherapy Clinic

Farid Gharibi 1, Jafar Sadegh Tabrizi 2 * , Mir Ali Eteraf Oskouei 3, Mohammad AsghariJafarabadi 4

1 Department of Health Services Management, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
2 Tabriz Health Services Management Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
3 Departments of Physiotherapy, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
4 Road Traffic Injury Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran

Abstract

Background: Service quality is considered as a main domain of quality associ­ated with non-clinical aspect of healthcare. This study aimed to survey and im­proves service quality of delivered care in the Physiotherapy Clinic affiliated with the Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran. Methods: A quasi experimental interventional study was conducted in the Physiotherapy Clinic, 2010-2011. Data were collected using a validated and reli­able researcher made questionnaire with participation of 324 patients and their coadjutors. The study questionnaire consisted of 7 questions about demographic factors and 38 questions for eleven aspects of service quality. Data were then analyzed using paired samples t-test by SPSS16. Results: In the pre intervention phase, six aspects of service quality including choice of provider, safety, prevention and early detection, dignity, autonomy and availability achieved non-acceptable scores. Following  interventions, all aspects of the service quality improved and also total service quality score improved from 8.58 to 9.83 (P<0.001). Conclusion: Service quality can be improved by problem implementation of appropriate interventions. The acquired results can be used in health system fields to create respectful environments for healthcare customers.
Keywords: Physical therapy, Intervention, Quality improvement
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