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The Delivery of a Health Promotion Intervention by a Public Health Promotion Specialist Improves Patient Satisfaction in the Emergency Department

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ACADEMIC EMERGENCY MEDICINE 2012; 19:313–317 © 2012 by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Abstract

Objectives:  The objective was to introduce a public health promotion specialist (PHPS) into the hospital emergency department (ED) to provide a brief health promotion intervention to patients and to determine the effect of the initiative on patient satisfaction.

Methods:  Patients in the intervention group were offered and received a 5‐ to 10‐minute presentation about exercise, heart health, healthy eating on a budget, or weight control by a trained PHPS. Patients in the control group received usual ED care. Both groups completed the patient satisfaction instrument. Ordinal logistic regression models were used to compare the two groups on patient satisfaction questions and to identify predictors of the likelihood of patients referring others to the ED.

Results:  Subjects in the intervention group were more likely to rate the services as great in areas of patient satisfaction such as provider listening, staff being friendly and helpful, comfort and safety, and privacy. Those in the intervention group were three times more likely than those in the control group to state that they would refer others to the ED.

Conclusions:  Health promotion and disease prevention interventions carried out by PHPS in the ED can improve patient satisfaction.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1553-2712.2012.01293.x

Affiliations: 1: From the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (PPR, SK) and the Department of Health and Recreation Professions (SMR, DB, CR), University of Toledo, Toledo, OH; and the Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Toledo Medical Center (PPR, KB), Toledo, OH. 2: From the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (PPR, SK) and the Department of Health and Recreation Professions (SMR, DB, CR), University of Toledo, Toledo, OH; and the Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Toledo Medical Center (PPR, KB), Toledo, OH.

Publication date: March 1, 2012

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