The great gap. Physicians' perceptions of patient service quality expectations fall short of reality.

Academic Article


  • The various players in a health care encounter all hold different perspectives on what constitutes service quality. Findings from this preliminary investigation show that doctors in a multispecialty clinic rated patient expectations of reliability, responsiveness, assurance, and empathy lower than did administrators, patient-contact personnel, and, most significantly, the patients themselves. Health care marketers need to educate doctors on the importance patients place on certain issues and how to address them.
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  • Ambulatory Care Facilities, Attitude of Health Personnel, Data Collection, Discriminant Analysis, Group Practice, Midwestern United States, Patient Satisfaction, Physician-Patient Relations, Physicians, Quality of Health Care, Urban Health
  • Author List

  • O'Connor SJ; Shewchuk RM; Carney LW
  • Start Page

  • 32
  • End Page

  • 39
  • Volume

  • 14
  • Issue

  • 2