Survey on waiting time and visit time in plan of health sector evolution in Iran: A case study in Tabriz

Hasanpoor, Edris. and janati, Ali. and HaghGoshayie, Elaheh. and Aslani, Farzaneh. and Arab Zozani, Morteza. (2016) Survey on waiting time and visit time in plan of health sector evolution in Iran: A case study in Tabriz. International Journal of Epidemiologic Research, 3 (3). pp. 239-245.


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Background and aims: Visit quality is a crucial component of patient-physician interaction that its inadequacy can negatively influence the diagnosis and treatment efficiency. The waiting time and visit length are important determinants of quality in the outpatient care setting. Thus, the aim of this study was to determine waiting time and visit length and to compare them before Implementation of health sector evolution in Iran. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted during autumn 2014. A sample of 540 patients who referred to the outpatient clinics of Sheikh Al Raeis of Tabriz Province (North West of Iran) were randomly selected and surveyed. Data were collected by the collection tools and analyzed using descriptive statistical methods. Results: The average visit time and standard deviation were 8.52 min and 3.14 respectively, which is significantly lower than the minimum average of 15 min approved by the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Educations (MOHME). Average of waiting time was 101.57 min for patients. The result showed that visit time was shorter than standard (7.5 min per patient) of health sector evolution in specialties of general Surgery, ophthalmologist, ENT, orthopedics and pediatrics. Also, the variables such as: number of visits, age of physicians, experience of physicians, men physicians, working shift of afternoon influenced on visit time significantly. Conclusions: The starting points of health care delivery to patients are consultations. This study showed that visit time is short and waiting time is very long. But, it seems that implementation of health sector evolution and plan of visit quality improvement led to increased visit time.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Waiting time, Visit time, Health sector evolution, Physician - patient interaction.
Subjects: WA Public Health
WX Hospital and other health Facilities
Divisions: Reserach Vice-Chancellar Department > International Journal of Epidemiologic Research
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Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2017 06:59
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2018 04:21

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