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Improving hospital services based on patient experience data: Current feedback practices and future opportunities

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBuilding Continents of Knowledge in Oceans of Data
Subtitle of host publicationThe Future of Co-Created eHealth - Proceedings of MIE 2018
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781614998518
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventMedical Informatics in Europe Conference -
Duration: 24 Apr 201826 Apr 2018

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365


ConferenceMedical Informatics in Europe Conference


Patient feedback is considered important for healthcare organizations. However, measurement and analysis of patient reported data is useful only if gathered insights are transformed into actions. This article focuses on gathering and utilization of patient experience data at hospitals with the aim of supporting the development of patient-centered services. The study was designed to explore both current practices of collecting and utilizing patient feedback at hospitals as well as future feedback-related opportunities. Nine people working at different hierarchical levels of three university hospitals in Finland participated in in-depth interviews. Findings indicate that current feedback processes are poorly planned and inflexible. Some feedback data are gathered, but not systematically utilized. Currently, it is difficult to obtain a comprehensive picture of the situation. One future hope was to increase the amount of patient feedback to be able to better generalize and utilize the data. Based on the findings the following recommendations are given: attention to both patients' and healthcare staff's perspectives when collecting feedback, employing a coordinated approach for collecting and utilizing patient feedback, and organizational transformation towards a patient-centric culture.


  • Feedback, Formative feedback, Hospital nursing staff, Hospital-patient relations, Patient satisfaction, Patient-centered care

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Field of science, Statistics Finland

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