Patient Satisfaction in the Hand Surgery Clinic: An Analysis of Factors That Impact the Press Ganey Survey


      Our purpose was to test the null hypothesis that no patient or clinic visit characteristics affect satisfaction of hand surgery outpatients, as measured by the Press Ganey Outpatient Medical Practice Survey (PGOMPS).


      Adult patients (≥ 18 years) evaluated by 5 fellowship-trained hand surgeons between January 2014 and December 2016 for a new patient clinic visit at a single tertiary academic medical center, were included. Prospectively collected PGOMPS data were reviewed retrospectively for each visit. Chart review was performed to collect demographic and visit characteristics data. Satisfaction was defined a priori as achieving a PGOMPS score above the 33rd percentile. Both the PGOMPS Total Score (primary outcome) and Provider Subscore (secondary outcome) were analyzed using univariate and multivariable logistic regression.


      Of 748 included patients, the mean age was 51.7 ± 15.5 years, and 64% were women. Leading diagnoses included tendinitis (19%), neuropathy (19%), arthritis (16%), and fracture-dislocation (13%). Multivariable modelling of the PGOMPS Total Score revealed that older age, shorter wait times, and scheduling surgery were significantly associated with greater satisfaction. The PGOMPS Provider Sub-Score multivariable modelling revealed that older age, shorter wait times, scheduling surgery, and administering injections were significantly associated with greater satisfaction. Diagnostic category and insurance status did not affect satisfaction.


      Increasing patient age, decreased wait time, and receiving an intervention (scheduling of surgery or receiving an injection) are associated with increased satisfaction among newly presenting hand surgery clinic patients as measured by the Press Ganey Outpatient Medical Practice Survey. Diagnosis and access to health care (insurance status and distance to clinic) did not influence patient satisfaction.

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      Diagnostic III.

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