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Impact of nutrition service attributes on patient satisfaction: evidence from an outpatient clinic at a Lebanese-Middle Eastern hospital

Mireille Serhan (Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Balamand, Tripoli, Lebanon)
Batoul Toutounji (Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Balamand, Tripoli, Lebanon)
Carole Serhan (Issam Fares Faculty of Technology, University of Balamand, Tripoli, Lebanon)

EuroMed Journal of Business

ISSN: 1450-2194

Article publication date: 21 January 2022

Issue publication date: 24 February 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the existing literature on the relationship between different service attributes and patient satisfaction at outpatient nutrition clinics to propose and test a culture-specific conceptual model interlinking the drivers of patient satisfaction.

Design/methodology/approach

Over a 7-week period in Fall 2019 (November 2–December 19), 600 patients from a Lebanese-Middle Eastern hospital (396 females and 204 males) completed an anonymous-designed survey with closed questions (n = 30). Statements were considered to represent specific attributes of nutrition services. In order to measure the existence and degree of significant relationships between different research variables, Pearson correlation coefficients and Fisher's Z test were employed to analyze the collected data, before and while joining the clinic, during and after the appointment. Means of scores and frequencies were calculated.

Findings

The results show that the nutrition service attributes with reference to “after the appointment” may improve the patients' satisfaction level more than attributes with reference to “while joining the clinic” and “during the appointment”. Most patients were satisfied with their overall outpatient clinic experience. The patient experience is a direct result of positive interactions with the entire services offered.

Practical implications

The conceptual model sets the foundations for testing and for further research to develop. Moreover, the findings of this study are important for assessing the quality of nutrition service attributes and for reporting on the ability of this service to meet the needs and preferences of patients in the health care sector.

Originality/value

This study attempts to fill the gap in knowledge on nutrition service quality as indicators for overall patient satisfaction, while opening clear research avenues for further studies to follow. It is the basis for the development of clinical practice guidelines and other quality enhancement tools.

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Acknowledgements

The authors thank the dietitians, patients and staff for their participation in the study.

Citation

Serhan, M., Toutounji, B. and Serhan, C. (2023), "Impact of nutrition service attributes on patient satisfaction: evidence from an outpatient clinic at a Lebanese-Middle Eastern hospital", EuroMed Journal of Business, Vol. 18 No. 1, pp. 46-67. https://doi.org/10.1108/EMJB-06-2021-0089

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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