Patient satisfaction of hand therapy services

Kristin Valdes, Stephanie Kannas, Sanjeev Kakar, Jessica Veneziano, Taylor Dake, Freid Sierra

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Study Design: This study utilized a cross-sectional cohort design that used survey techniques for data collection. Introduction: Patient satisfaction is becoming increasingly important in the health care field; however, it is typically evaluated with the use a single question. Patient satisfaction encompasses numerous aspects that should be considered on evaluation. Purpose of the Study: The purpose of this study was to determine if the Patient Satisfaction Questionnaire Short Form (PSQ-18) is an appropriate outcome measure to determine patient satisfaction for people receiving hand therapy services and to determine mean satisfaction scores of participants. Methods: Participants (n = 123) who received hand therapy services from an outpatient hand therapy center and a health care institute were obtained via a convenience sample. The PSQ-18, adapted for hand therapy, was used to assess patient satisfaction. Results: The mean satisfaction score was 1.81 (SD = 1.26). The following patient satisfaction subscales were also evaluated: general satisfaction, communication, technical quality, interpersonal manner, time spent with therapists, accessibility and convenience, and financial aspects. Discussion: Eighty percent of participants were satisfied with the therapy services they received. Patient satisfaction is complex, involving a multitude of components and thus must be evaluated in a manner that considers its multidimensional aspects. Conclusion: The findings of this study suggest that the PSQ-18 adapted for hand therapy is an appropriate outcome measure to determine patient satisfaction for people receiving hand therapy as it evaluates multiple subscales of the phenomena.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)585-590
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Hand Therapy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2021


  • Hand therapy
  • Multi-dimensional
  • Patient satisfaction
  • Patient satisfaction questionnaire-short form (PSQ-18)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


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