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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 246-251

Patient's perception on the quality of radiotherapy services in two teaching hospitals in Nigeria


1 Department of Radiotherapy, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba, Lagos, Nigeria
2 Cancer Screening and Treatment Unit/Oncology Unit, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria
3 Department of Radiology, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba, Lagos, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
C Anthonia Sowunmi
Consultant Clinical & Radiation Oncologist Department of Radiotherapy, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba, Lagos
Nigeria
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1115-2613.278934

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OBJECTIVE: Patient satisfaction is an important and commonly used indicator for measuring the quality in health care. Patient satisfaction affects clinical outcomes, patient retention, and medical malpractice claims. It affects the 13 timely, efficient, and patient-centered delivery of quality health care 13.A review of quality of services from the patient's perspective could be a method of assessing in order to improve servicesand achieve total quality management. This study was designed to assess patients' perception on the quality of Radiotherapy services in Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Lagos and University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan. METHODOLOGY: This study is a cross-sectional study. This research lasted for a period of two months and all patients receiving radiotherapy within is period were included in this study. A total of 246 questionnaires were completed (152 and 94 in LUTH and UCH respectively) and the data collection was by semi-structured questionnaire. Data obtained were collected and analyzed using SPSS statistics [Social Sciences Statistical Package] 17.0 version. RESULTS: The findings of this research indicated that 68.4% in LUTH and 53.2% in UCH of the patients experienced good care. It also revealed that there is good interaction between the staff and the patient. Most of the patients spent more than 3 hours before receiving treatment and also the reason for such delay were not explained to them. The rate of preferential treatment was noted to be high. CONCLUSION: This study will contribute positively towards achieving effective and qualitative radiotherapy services by creating awareness for the need to minimize patient waiting time as well as the need to explain the reason for such delays. The department should adopt better ways of appointment system so that treatment will be on first come first serve basis. This study will contribute positively towards achieving effective and qualitative radiotherapy services by creating awareness for the need to minimize patient waiting time as well as the need to explain the reason for such delays. The department should adopt better ways of appointment system so that treatment will be on first come first serve basis.


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