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e081185 (1-7)


Purpose: To systematically review the patient's satisfaction (PS) levels within academic hospitals in Saudi Arabia from January 2012 to the end of October 2022.

Data Sources: Articles were gathered from PubMed, ProQuest, Google Scholar and Web of Science.

Study selection/data extraction: This review identified studies that assessed PS in Saudi Arabian university hospitals. Articles published before January 2012, as well as commentary letters, conference papers, theses and dissertations, were excluded. The study employed the five domains of PS as outlined by Boquiren et al. Two independent reviewers independently identified qualifying studies, used the Joanna Briggs Institute tools to evaluate the quality of each study and extracted essential data from each article.

Results: Out of the 327 studies identified during the search phase, 11 met the project's objectives and criteria. Six studies reported overall PS rates ranging from 78% to 95.2%, with only one study indicating lower PS levels in emergency departments. Most studies demonstrated that technical skill is the primary domain influencing PS in academic hospitals.

Conclusion: There is a need for further investigation to explore the factors influencing PS using standardised survey instruments suitable for Saudi culture. Contradictory results regarding PS are clearly evident in the literature; therefore, it is advisable to standardise the assessment process to reduce discrepancies within the academic hospital setting in Saudi Arabia.


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Original Publication Citation

Alasiri, A. A., Alotaibi, S. A., & Schussler, E. (2024). Patient satisfaction among Saudi academic hospitals: A systematic review. BMJ Open, 14(5), 1-7, Article e081185.