The Relationship Between Hospital Interdepartmental Transfers and Patient Experience.

Academic Article


  • This study examined the association between interdepartmental transfers and the perceptions of care received by adult patients who were admitted and discharged from a 300-bed, not-for-profit community tertiary hospital in the Midwest. Transfers of patient care are daily and frequent hospital processes. However, limited attention has focused on the effect that intrahospital transfers of care have on the patient experience. Understanding this relationship is important, since value-based purchasing models directly tie patient experience measures into hospital reimbursements. The key finding of this study indicates that as patients' transfers increase, their perceptions of care decrease. Therefore, by reducing the frequency of interdepartmental transfers, patient satisfaction may increase. This research provides clinicians and administrators a better understanding of the relationship between a frequent and a daily hospital process (ie, interdepartmental transfers) and its influence on patients' perceptions of their experience.
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  • HCAHPS, patient expectations, patient satisfaction, transitions of care
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    Author List

  • Mortensen B; Borkowski N; O'Connor SJ; Patrician PA; Weech-Maldonado R
  • Start Page

  • 263
  • End Page

  • 269
  • Volume

  • 7
  • Issue

  • 2