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Authors

  1. Jennings, Bonnie Mowinski DNSc, RN, FAAN
  2. Heiner, Stacy L. BSN, RN
  3. Loan, Lori A. PhD, RNC
  4. Hemman, Eileen A. EdD, RN
  5. Swanson, Kristen M. PhD, RN, FAAN

Abstract

Consumer satisfaction with healthcare is an important quality and outcome indicator. Satisfaction may be at the crux of survival for healthcare delivery systems because it creates the competitive edge in healthcare. To better understand patient satisfaction by examining consumer healthcare experiences and expectations, a study was conducted. An important concept identified in the data, MY CARE, refers to a constellation of quality healthcare features that were wished for by all participants and realized by only some of them. The features of MY CARE offer lessons for all healthcare leaders to use when making improvements in care delivery systems-improvements that could create a more patient-centered healthcare system and boost patient satisfaction.