Soldiers' experiences with military health care

Academic Article


  • Patient satisfaction can be enhanced by narrowing gaps between what health care consumers experience and what they expect. A study was therefore conducted to better understand health care experiences and expectations among Army beneficiaries. Data collected using focus groups were analyzed by using qualitative research methods. A concept was identified and labeled "Soldier Care." It involves first-line care delivered at the unit level as well as the interface between first-line care and military treatment facilities. There are four features of Soldier Care, i.e., provider competence, the sick call cycle, getting appointments, and unit leadership. Together, these features affect soldiers' time from injury to recovery. Insights about Soldier Care can provide decision-makers with direction for initiating changes that may contribute to improved soldier satisfaction with health care.
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    Author List

  • Jennings BM; Loan LA; Heiner SL; Hemman EA; Swanson KM
  • Start Page

  • 999
  • End Page

  • 1004
  • Volume

  • 170
  • Issue

  • 12