Patients’ Perception of Quality Nursing Care in a Federal Medical Centre
|International Journal of Nursing and Health Science|
|© 2018 by SSRG - IJNHS Journal|
|Volume 4 Issue 1|
|Year of Publication : 2018|
|Authors : Theresa O. Agbele, Joshua C. Nwambo, Ukamaka C. Nwankwo|
Theresa O. Agbele, Joshua C. Nwambo, Ukamaka C. Nwankwo, "Patients’ Perception of Quality Nursing Care in a Federal Medical Centre" SSRG International Journal of of Nursing and Health Science 4.1(2018): 1-6.
Theresa O. Agbele, Joshua C. Nwambo, Ukamaka C. Nwankwo,(2018). Patients’ Perception of Quality Nursing Care in a Federal Medical Centre. SSRG International Journal of of Nursing and Health Science 4(1), 1-6.
Measuring and reporting patient satisfaction has become very important in this era of health care management system as an evaluator for quality care services. The derogatory remarks which range from poor quality of care delivery to service delay, discontinuity of care, indifferent attitude of nursing staff and poor communication skills, when compared with findings of various studies is rather contradictory. This study explored patient’s idea of quality nursing care (QNC) services in congruence with the overall patients’ perception of quality nursing care and patients’ characteristics. The Study used a descriptive survey approach in which structured questionnaires (IPQCN) on a five (5) point likert scale was used for data collection. Thematic analysis was used to code and describe patients’ idea of quality nursing care. The results of 100 in-patient perception of quality care nursing were analyzed using percentages, and chi square analysis method to compare variables. The finding revealed that majority of the patients (62%) had deficient knowledge on quality nursing care while 38% of the respondents’ idea of QNC centered on nurses attributes and the organization of nursing care. Evaluation of the overall patients’ perception of QNC shows a high (44.5%) and very high (41.8%) level of satisfaction while 8.9% showed dissatisfaction with the QNC. The cross tabulation of patients characteristics; age, marital status, duration of hospitalization, previous history of hospitalization, health status, educational level and the perception of QNC shows high level of significance. These provided further insight on the significance of individualized and holistic care. While the patients’ perception of quality nursing care remains high and positive as seen from this study and various other studies, it is imperative to match it with proper knowledge and recognizable standard of quality to prevent unrealistic expectations, false positive perception, unwholesome comments and negative public image of profession. Sound orientation should be rendered and expectation of possible outcome should be well communicated so as to empower patients to be better evaluators of Quality nursing care.
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