Measuring patient-perceived hospital service quality: a conceptual framework

Yogesh Pai, Satyanarayana T. Chary

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Purpose – Although measuring healthcare service quality is not a new phenomenon, the instruments used to measure are timeworn. With the shift in focus to patient centric processes in hospitals and recognizing healthcare to be different compared to other services, service quality measurement needs to be tuned specifically to healthcare. The purpose of this paper is to design a conceptual framework for measuring patient perceived hospital service quality (HSQ), based on existing service quality literature. Design/methodology/approach – Using HSQ theories, expanding existing healthcare service models and literature, a conceptual framework is proposed to measure HSQ. The paper outlines patient perceived service quality dimensions. Findings – An instrument for measuring HSQ dimensions is developed and compared with other service quality measuring instruments. The latest dimensions are in line with previous studies, but a relationship dimension is added. Practical implications – The framework empowers managers to assess healthcare quality in corporate, public and teaching hospitals. Originality/value – The paper helps academics and practitioners to assess HSQ from a patient perspective.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)300-323
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 18-04-2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Policy


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