Gender and patient satisfaction with primary care: Tuning in to women in quality measurement

C. S. Weisman, D. E. Rich, J. Rogers, K. G. Crawford, C. E. Grayson, J. T. Henderson

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This study analyzes the relationship between patient gender and satisfaction with primary care visits, using 1999 survey data on 1691 women and 760 men making primary care visits at multiple sites affiliated with a large academic health system designated as a National Center of Excellence in Women's Health (COE). The main findings are that in multivariate analyses controlling for patient and visit characteristics, different aspects of the content of primary care visits are important to women and men. Women's overall satisfaction with visits is more dependent than men's on informational content, continuity of care, and multidisciplinarity. Men's overall satisfaction is more dependent on the personal interest shown in them by providers. No differences in satisfaction are found between those seen in sites affiliated with the COE and other primary care sites within the health system that are not core sites of the COE. We conclude that quality improvement and research in women's primary care could benefit from gender analysis of patient satisfaction data and from more gender-sensitive patient satisfaction measures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)657-665
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Women's Health and Gender-Based Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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