Factors influencing patients' hospital rating after total joint arthroplasty

Jaydev B. Mistry, Chukwuweike U. Gwam, Morad Chughtai, Anton Khlopas, Prem Ramkumar, Nicolas S. Piuzzi, George Muschler, Steven F. Harwin, Michael A. Mont, Ronald E. Delanois

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Patient satisfaction assessments, such as the Press Ganey surveys, have been adopted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to help determine reimbursements. It is uncertain what facets most affect survey scores among patients who have received total joint arthroplasty (TJA). This study explored which factors guide scores for TJA patients. Specifically, the authors assessed (1) which Press Ganey survey features affected the patients' overall hospital rating and (2) whether survey scores were disparate between patients who did and patient who did not have complications. The authors' institutional Press Ganey database was queried for lower-extremity TJAs that occurred between November 2009 and January 2015. This yielded 1454 patients with a mean age of 63 years (range, 15-92 years; 60% women and 40% men). The database contains information related to American Society of Anesthesiologists scores, Press Ganey question responses, and demographics. Multiple regression analysis was performed to assess the association (beta weight) between Press Ganey domains and overall hospital rating. The weighted mean for each domain was calculated. The authors' analysis revealed that overall hospital rating was significantly influenced by communication with nurses (beta weight=0.434, P.001), responsiveness of hospital staff (beta weight=0.181, P=.001), communication with doctors (beta weight=0.115, P=.014), and hospital environment (beta weight=0.100, P=.039). No significant differences were found when comparing the Press Ganey scores of patients with and without complications. By recognizing these elements, physicians can direct measures appropriately, which may help avoid financial penalties and possibly increase patient satisfaction after TJA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-380
Number of pages4
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2017


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