Is parental satisfaction important in a public hospital NICU
Keywords:Parental satisfaction, NICU, Public hospital, Developing countries
Background: NICU in public hospitals in developing countries face immense challenges in the form of overcrowding, less manpower and lack of equipment. Patient care is the prime responsibility of the health care workers. Parental satisfaction although an important part of health care is not given its due importance. There are very few studies analysing parental satisfaction of NICU babies in the developing countries including India. The objective of this cross-sectional study was to 1. Assess satisfaction regarding medical treatment 2. To assess satisfaction regarding General environment. Take suggestions regarding improvement in services.
Methods: A total of four hundred and fifty-nine parents were interviewed. They were parents of babies admitted in NICU, those coming for follow up in the well-baby clinic. Parents of babies who died or left against medical advice were interviewed at the time of leaving the hospital or telephonically later. Results were analysed statistically using the student chi square test.
Results: 92.6% of the respondents were satisfied with the medical services and 96.6% were satisfied with the general environment. Reasons for lack of satisfaction were analysed. Nuclear families, urban background, adverse outcome of the baby were the Key factors. Parents gave pertinent suggestions like improvement in cleanliness, more beds, increase in medical staff, better availability of medicines and blood products.
Conclusions: There is need to develop standardised protocols to analyse parental satisfaction. This will lead to better understanding of parental expectations and help to improve patient care.
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