Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Influence of On-Site Surgical Pathology Department Services in Rural Hospital Physician Satisfaction
by Presley, Belinda Denise, Ph.D., Walden University, 2015, 187; 3728643
Abstract (Summary)

There is limited information regarding physician satisfaction as it relates to the presence of a surgical pathology department in rural hospitals. Physician satisfaction directly influences the quality of patient care. The theoretical frameworks that informed this study included institutional theory and population ecology. The research questions addressed differences in levels of physician satisfaction between physicians who have access to an on-site surgical pathology department and physicians who do not have such access. The research also examined differences in satisfaction between physician specialties that have or do not have access to an on-site surgical pathology department services. A quantitative, cross-sectional study was employed utilizing three primary instruments: the Henry Ford Hospital Survey, Standardized (Synoptic) Pathology Reports, and PAR Medical Colleague Questionnaire. Statistical analyses including ANOVA, linear regression, and t tests were used to examine the relationships between the study’s variables. The results revealed that there is statistically significant evidence to support that on-site surgical pathology department services influence physician satisfaction. Potential implications for positive social change from this study include a better understanding and awareness of the relationship between physician satisfaction and utilization of on-site pathology services, which may ultimately benefit healthcare facilities by more intently addressing quality of care and patient satisfaction.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Snodgrass, Jeff
Commitee: Abgoto, Vincent
School: Walden University
Department: Health Services
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-B 77/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Medicine, Health sciences, Occupational psychology, Health care management
Keywords: Pathology department services, Physician, Physician satisfaction, Rural hospital
Publication Number: 3728643
ISBN: 978-1-339-14163-3
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