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The Chinese community patient’s life satisfaction, assessment of community medical service, and trust in community health delivery system

Liyang Tang

Author Affiliations

Department of Economics, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 100084, China

Graduate School of Business, Columbia University, New York, NY, 10027, USA

Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2013, 11:18  doi:10.1186/1477-7525-11-18

Published: 13 February 2013

Abstract

Background

Although the Chinese government put a lot of effort into promoting the community patient’s life satisfaction, there still lacked the holistic and systematic approaches to promote the community patient’s life satisfaction in various regions of China. On the basis of the literature, it was found that both the community patient’s assessment of community medical service and trust in community health delivery system were important considerations when the community patient comprehensively evaluated community medical service to generate life satisfaction. So this study was set up to test whether and to what extent the community patient’s assessments of various major aspects of community medical service/various major aspects of the community patient’s trust in community health delivery system influenced life satisfaction in whole China/in various regions of China.

Methods

In order to explore the situation of China’s community health delivery system before 2009 and provide a reference for China’s community health delivery system reform, the data that could comprehensively and accurately reflect the community patient’s life satisfaction, assessment of community medical service, and trust in community health delivery system in various regions of China was needed, so this study collaborated with the National Bureau of Statistics of China to carry out a large-scale 2008 national community resident household survey (N = 3,306) for the first time in China. And the specified ordered probit models were established to analyze the dataset from this household survey.

Results

Among major aspects of community medical service, the medical cost (particularly in developed regions), the doctor-patient communication (particularly in developed regions), the medical facility and hospital environment (particularly in developed regions), and the medical treatment process (particularly in underdeveloped regions) were all key considerations (p<0.05 for t statistics) in generating the community patient’s life satisfaction. Among major aspects of the community patient’s trust in community health delivery system, trust in doctor (particularly in underdeveloped regions), trust in prescription (particularly in underdeveloped regions), and trust in recommended medical examination (particularly in underdeveloped regions) were all important considerations (p<0.10 for t statistics) in generating the community patient’s life satisfaction.

Conclusion

The reduction of medical cost (particularly in developed regions), the improvement of doctor-patient communication (particularly in developed regions), the promotion of medical facility and hospital environment (particularly in developed regions), the improvement of medical treatment process (particularly in underdeveloped regions), the promotion of trust in doctor (particularly in underdeveloped regions), the promotion of trust in prescription (particularly in underdeveloped regions), and the promotion of trust in recommended medical examination (particularly in underdeveloped regions) could help promote the community patient’s life satisfaction.

Keywords:
Community health center; Community patient; Life satisfaction; Assessment of community medical service; Trust in community health delivery system; China