Measuring patients’ healthcare service quality perceptions, satisfaction, and loyalty in public and private sector hospitals in Pakistan

Asma Shabbir ( COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Islamabad Pakistan )
Shahab Alam Malik ( COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Islamabad Pakistan )
Shujah Alam Malik ( Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Johar Bahru Malaysia )

International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management

ISSN: 0265-671X

Publication date: 10 March 2016

Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to explore the relationship between healthcare perceived service quality (HCSQ) and patient loyalty. Mediating role of patient satisfaction is also assessed between HCSQ and patient loyalty.

Design/methodology/approach

A sample of 600 was gathered using stratified random sampling technique from inpatients of public and private sector hospitals of Pakistan through self-administered questionnaire, and was analyzed through regression analysis.

Findings

Findings indicate that healthcare perceived service quality has a significant positive effect on patients’ loyalty. Patient satisfaction also mediates the relationship between HCSQ and patient loyalty. Findings state that there is a significant difference between HCSQ which is perceived by the patients of both public and private sector hospitals. Differences suggest that the patients of private sector hospitals were found more satisfied than their counterparts.

Practical implications

The results indicate that hospital managers should have knowledge about the perceptions and satisfaction of patients as it leads to a step towards introducing reforms in the quality of healthcare sector.

Originality/value

No such particular research in literature has been made earlier in Pakistan’s context which has assessed the perceptions of patients in terms of HCSQ dimensions as being addressed in this study. Thus, this study endeavors to fill that gap in terms of measuring healthcare services provided by both public and private sector hospitals. Outcomes of this study will enable hospitals’ managers to get a better understanding towards stronger as well as weaker aspects of service quality, and will help in observing factors which contribute towards patients’ satisfaction and patient loyalty in building long term relationships between hospital and patients.

Citation

Shabbir, A., Malik, S. and Malik, S. (2016), "Measuring patients’ healthcare service quality perceptions, satisfaction, and loyalty in public and private sector hospitals in Pakistan", International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, Vol. 33 No. 5. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJQRM-06-2014-0074

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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