This study examined the underlying variables that contribute to patient and provider satisfaction with Project Access, a physician-driven program that connects low-income, uninsured adults (aged 18–64) to denoted specialty care and hospital services.
Subjects and Methods
Of the 550 physicians and 1400 patients participating per year, 125 physicians and 164 patients completed and returned the 14- and 15-item satisfaction questionnaires, respectively. The data from both surveys were factor analyzed.
Patient satisfaction data factored into 4 dimensions: respect from program implementation staff, respect from pre–Project Access enrollment staff, practical health-related issues, and the level of understanding of Project Access guidelines and expectations. Provider satisfaction data factored into 3 dimensions: external services available to patients, receiving recognition and respect, and the administration of Project Access.
Patients' feelings of respect seemed to be closely associated with their satisfaction with Project Access, in addition to the helpfulness of the program. Providers also considered respect and recognition an important factor contributing to their satisfaction, in addition to ease of administrative duties and services available to patients.