satisfaction includes the assessment of healthcare which she/he received. This
study aims at assessment of mothers’ satisfaction with the care of maternal
care in Specialized Educational-Medical Centers in obstetrics and gynecological
disease in Northwest, Iran.
Methods: In an analytic-descriptive cross-sectional study,
1000 female patients who admitted in educational-medical centers of Northwest
were studied during a 2 years period
(2010-2012). They asked to fill a 34-item closed-answer questionnaire (ranking
from very unsatisfied to very satisfied responses) following their discharge.
Validity of the questionnaire was improved by gynecologist’s experts comments,
and reliability of the questionnaire were assessed by test-retest methods (α =
Results: The satisfaction score (satisfied or very
satisfied responses) were 61.2, 55.8, 61.8 and 59.5 percent for admitting
process, primary care services, treatments and therapeutic interventions and
overall, respectively. The satisfaction score for access to doctors was highest
in the morning and lowest at the night shifts. The satisfaction score
about the personnel’s behavior was lowest during the night shifts.
The satisfaction score about the residents’ behavior was highest for the
morning shifts. There was no significant difference between the three working
shifts regarding psychological feelings, humanitarian respect, and issues like
nutrition and private and public hygiene. There was a significant direct
correlation between the mean score of satisfaction and patients’ age (Spearman’s
rho = 0.117, P < 0.001).
Conclusion: The satisfaction level of patients hospitalized in
Northwest of Iran's Hospitals was intermediate. Planning new strategies in this
regard with emphasis on the main limitations may improve the satisfaction rate
in the future.