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Measuring patients’ healthcare service quality perceptions, satisfaction, and loyalty in public and private sector hospitals in Pakistan

Shabbir, A. and Malik, S. A. and Malik, S. A. (2016) Measuring patients’ healthcare service quality perceptions, satisfaction, and loyalty in public and private sector hospitals in Pakistan. International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management, 33 (5). pp. 538-557. ISSN 0265-671X

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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the relationship between healthcare perceived service quality (HCSQ) and patient loyalty. Mediating role of patient satisfaction is also assessed between HCSQ and patient loyalty. Design/methodology/approach – A sample of 600 was gathered using stratified random sampling technique from inpatients of public and private sector hospitals of Pakistan through self-administered questionnaire, and was analyzed through regression analysis. Findings – Findings indicate that healthcare perceived service quality has a significant positive effect on patients’ loyalty. Patient satisfaction also mediates the relationship between HCSQ and patient loyalty. Findings state that there is a significant difference between HCSQ which is perceived by the patients of both public and private sector hospitals. Differences suggest that the patients of private sector hospitals were found more satisfied than their counterparts. Practical implications – The results indicate that hospital managers should have knowledge about the perceptions and satisfaction of patients as it leads to a step toward introducing reforms in the quality of healthcare sector. Originality/value – No such particular research in literature has been made earlier in Pakistan’s context which has assessed the perceptions of patients in terms of HCSQ dimensions as being addressed in this study. Thus, this study endeavors to fill that gap in terms of measuring healthcare services provided by both public and private sector hospitals. Outcomes of this study will enable hospitals’ managers to get a better understanding toward stronger as well as weaker aspects of service quality, and will help in observing factors which contribute toward patients’ satisfaction and patient loyalty in building long term relationships between hospital and patients.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Healthcare perceived service quality, Pakistan, Patients loyalty, Patients satisfaction, Public and private sector hospitals
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions:Management
ID Code:72551
Deposited By: Haliza Zainal
Deposited On:27 Nov 2017 12:00
Last Modified:27 Nov 2017 12:00

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