The relative importance of service dimensions in a healthcare setting

Rooma Roshnee Ramsaran‐Fowdar (Faculty of Law and Management, University of Mauritius, Reduit, Mauritius)

International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance

ISSN: 0952-6862

Publication date: 8 February 2008



The paper aims to focus on an augmented SERVQUAL instrument that was used to measure private patients' service expectations and perceptions.


A questionnaire was administered to 750 and 34 per cent responded.


A new service quality instrument called PRIVHEALTHQUAL emerged from the study, based on factor and reliability analysis. The “reliability and fair and equitable treatment” factor was found to be the most important healthcare service quality dimension.


Adds to the existing body of research on service quality and demonstrates that SERVQUAL is not a generic service quality measure for all industries.



Roshnee Ramsaran‐Fowdar, R. (2008), "The relative importance of service dimensions in a healthcare setting", International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, Vol. 21 No. 1, pp. 104-124.

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