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How satisfaction modifies the strength of the influence of perceived service quality on behavioral intentions

Shyh‐Jane Li (Sense Team Creativity Consulting Company, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and the Department of Business Management, National Sun Yat‐Sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan)
Yu‐Ying Huang (Management Department, Antai Tian‐Sheng Memorial Hospital, Taiwan, and the Department of Business Management, National Sun Yat‐Sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan)
Miles M. Yang (Australian School of Business, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia)

Leadership in Health Services

ISSN: 1751-1879

Article publication date: 2 May 2011

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Abstract

Purpose

The existence and form of interaction effects between service quality and satisfaction are still uncertain. The main purpose of this study is to examine whether satisfaction moderates the relationship between service quality and behavioral intentions.

Design/methodology/approach

A structured questionnaire was distributed to the out‐patients of 12 regional hospitals (the middle level) in Taiwan.

Findings

The findings show that the forms of moderators played by satisfaction are not always the same under different dimensions of service quality (i.e. reliability, responsiveness, assurance, and empathy). Satisfaction positively moderates the influence of reliability/empathy on behavioral intentions, but negatively moderates the relationships between responsiveness/assurance and behavioral intentions.

Originality/value

This study reveals the moderating role of satisfaction in the translation from service quality to behavioral intentions in health care services. Moreover, the natures of the moderating effects are not the same for different service quality dimensions.

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Citation

Li, S., Huang, Y. and Yang, M.M. (2011), "How satisfaction modifies the strength of the influence of perceived service quality on behavioral intentions", Leadership in Health Services, Vol. 24 No. 2, pp. 91-105. https://doi.org/10.1108/17511871111125675

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2011, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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