Patient satisfaction after pulmonary resection for lung cancer: A multicenter comparative analysis

Cecilia Pompili, Alessandro Brunelli, Gaetano Rocco, Rosario Salvi, Francesco Xiumé, Antonello La Rocca, Armando Sabbatini, Nicola Martucci

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Background: Patient satisfaction reflects the perception of the customer about the level of quality of care received during the episode of hospitalization. Objective: To compare the levels of satisfaction of patients submitted to lung resection in two different thoracic surgical units. Methods: Prospective analysis of 280 consecutive patients submitted to pulmonary resection for neoplastic disease in two centers (center A: 139 patients; center B: 141 patients; 2009-2010). Patients' satisfaction was assessed at discharge through the EORTC-InPatSat32 module, a 32-item, multi-scale self-administered anonymous questionnaire. Each scale (ranging from 0 to 100 in score) was compared between the two units. Multivariable regression and bootstrap were used to verify factors associated with the patients' general satisfaction (dependent variable). Results: Patients from unit B reported a higher general satisfaction (91.5 vs. 88.3, p = 0.04), mainly due to a significantly higher satisfaction in the doctor-related scales (doctors' technical skill: p = 0.001; doctors' interpersonal skill: p = 0.008; doctors' availability: p = 0.005, and doctors information provision: p = 0.0006). Multivariable regression analysis and bootstrap confirmed that level of care in unit B (p = 0.006, bootstrap frequency 60%) along with lower level of education of the patient population (p = 0.02, bootstrap frequency 62%) were independent factors associated with a higher general patient satisfaction. Conclusion: We were able to show a different level of patient satisfaction in patients operated on in two different thoracic surgery units. A reduced level of patient satisfaction may trigger changes in the management policy of individual units in order to meet patients' expectations and improve organizational efficiency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-111
Number of pages6
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013


  • Lung resection
  • Non-small cell lung cancer
  • Patient satisfaction
  • Pulmonary surgery
  • Quality of care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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