Impact of nursing care in Australian general practice on the quality of care: a pilot of the Patient Enablement and Satisfaction Survey (PESS)

Desborough, Jane, Phillips, Christine, Banfield, Michelle, Bagheri, Nasser, and Mills, Jane (2015) Impact of nursing care in Australian general practice on the quality of care: a pilot of the Patient Enablement and Satisfaction Survey (PESS). Collegian, 22 (2). pp. 207-214.

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Abstract

Background: Nursing roles in general practice have undergone significant expansion, but as yet there are few tools to measure the quality of nursing care in general practice. This study piloted the Patient Enablement and Satisfaction Survey (PESS) to evaluate two aspects of quality of care in this setting.

Methods: Participants were patients attending nurse-led general and chronic-disease clinics in two general practices The survey was posted to 180 consecutive patients attending these clinics over one week (response rate, 28% for general clinic, 40% chronic diseases clinic; n = 57). Scores were calculated for enablement and satisfaction and free text comments were analysed. Comparisons were made between patients who had attended the general clinic for influenza vaccination and for other conditions, and those who attended the chronic diseases clinic.

Findings: Overall results indicate high levels of satisfaction (M = 68.3/75 SD = 8.1) and moderate enablement (M = 4.7/8 SD = 3.2). Significant differences were observed between satisfaction scores for patients attending the chronic disease clinic and the general clinic for influenza vaccinations alone, and between those attending the general clinic for influenza vaccinations versus treatment of other conditions. Patients attending the chronic disease clinic had higher enablement scores than patients receiving influenza vaccinations at the general clinic. Analysis of free-text comments in the survey supported these findings.

Conclusion: All patients reported satisfaction with nursing care. Patients receiving chronic disease management reported high levels of enablement. This pilot indicated that the PESS can distinguish between two aspects of the quality of nursing care that may impact on patient outcomes.

Item ID: 36521
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1876-7575
Keywords: practice nurses; patient satisfaction; patient enablement; general practice
Funders: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2015 05:54
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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