Study: 73% of hospital executives do not have formal definition for patient experience

Published on April 19, 2011 at 6:40 AM · No Comments

New research conducted by The Beryl Institute shows that while patient experience is a top priority for hospital executives, it is still largely undefined. This landmark study of more than 790 hospital executives examined the state of the patient experience in the nation's hospitals and identified the greatest roadblocks to implementing change.

According to the research, patient experience is one of the top three priorities facing hospital executives over the next three years. Patient Experience/Patient Satisfaction was ranked number two (21 percent) behind Quality/Patient Safety (31 percent). Surprisingly, Cost Reduction was ranked number three at 9 percent.

Despite its importance, the majority of hospital executives (73 percent) do not have a formal definition for patient experience. As a result, they are addressing the issue tactically, with the top three priorities being:

  • Noise Reduction
  • Discharge Process and Instructions
  • Patient Rounding

"Patient experience is on the radar of hospital executives, especially since Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) scores will soon affect reimbursement," said Jason Wolf, executive director of The Beryl Institute. "However, the data shows that executives are still grappling with how to implement change within their organizations. While hospital executives state they have not yet defined the patient experience, we are hopeful they adopt The Beryl Institute's definition to help shape their strategies for improvement."

The Beryl Institute defines the patient experience as the sum of all interactions, shaped by an organization's culture, that influence patient perceptions across the continuum of care.

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