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patient satisfaction, principal components analysis, psychometric testing, quality indicator



  1. Yellen, Elaine RN, PhD
  2. Davis, Gail C. RN, EdD
  3. Ricard, Richard PhD


Patient satisfaction is an important quality outcome indicator of health care in the hospital setting. The measurement of patients' satisfaction with nursing is particularly important since nursing service is often a primary determinant of overall satisfaction during a hospital stay. This article reports on a study designed to update and revise the definition of patient satisfaction for application with ambulatory surgical patients and to develop a questionnaire that captures this definition. The Patient Satisfaction Scale, which specifically focuses on patient satisfaction with nursing care and is used extensively by nursing researchers, was selected for factor analytical examination. Psychometric testing resulted in a 15-item scale with three underlying dimensions.