Assessment of Referral System Quality from Clients’ Perspectives at Outpatient Consultancy Clinics in Al-Hilla City Hospitals
Keywords:Assessment; referral system; quality; clients; Outpatient Consultancy Clinics.
Aim: The aim of the study is to assess the referral system quality from clients’ perspectives at outpatient
consultancy clinics in al-Hilla city hospitals.
Subjects and Methods: A descriptive analytic study design was carried out at outpatient consultancy
clinics of Al- Hilla city hospital (Al-Hilla and Al-Imam Al-Sadiq general teaching hospital) from March
14 th to December 12 th 2019. Non – probability (purposive) sample of 200 clients who were coming to the
Outpatient Consultancy Clinics were selected. Data is collected through used of an assessment tools and
interview technique with (19) items of questionnaire. Reliability of instrument was determined through the
use of Alpha Cronbach approach and the instrument validity was determined through a panel of experts. The
analysis of the data was used descriptive statistics frequencies, percentages, mean, mean of score, cut off
point, Chi square. In order to assess the referral system quality from clients’ perspectives.
Results: The findings of the present study reveal that overall assessment of the referral system quality is poor,
grand mean of referral system services from clients’ perspectives are fair, majority reason for referring is
lack of specialty(51%), and finally; medical diseases unit is most referred clients to it(24%). .
Conclusion: The study concluded that poor referral system quality for clients at outpatient consultancy
clinics in Al-Hilla city hospitals.
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