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Journal:   HORMOZGAN MEDICAL JOURNAL   FALL 2007 , Volume 11 , Number 3; Page(s) 173 To 179.
 
Paper: 

CUSTOMERS' PERCEPTIONS AND EXPECTATIONS OF PRIMARY HEALTHCARE SERVICES QUALITY IN HEALTH CENTERS OF BANDAR ABBAS

 
 
Author(s):  AGHA MOLAEI T.*, ZARE SHAHRAM, POUDAT A., KEBRIAEI A.
 
* HEALTH SCHOOL, HORMOZGAN UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, BANDAR ABBAS, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

Introduction: Quality health services section is very important because its mission and role in health maintenance and care of community. The aim of this study was to determine women's perceptions of current situation in health centers of Bandar Abbas and their expectations of optimum status.
Methods: In this cross-sectional study, a total of 400, fill out a questionnaire which had been designed according to SERVQUAL instrument for measuring their perceptions and expectations about services quality. This instrument consists of five dimentions including tangibles, reliability, responsiveness, assurance and empathy.
Data was analyzed using Chi-Square and analysis of variance tests, by means of SPSS software.
Results: Majority of participants (64%) assessed the services quality moderate.
The best dimention of service quality was assurance, followed by reliability, responsiveness and tangibles with empathy being the worst. Most of the women (95%) believed that service quality is important and its most important dimention is assurance followed by reliability, responsiveness, tangibles and empathy.
There were significant differences in women's perceptions and expectations in all of the five SERVQUAL dimentions which was statistically meaningful (P<0.01).
Conclusion: Customers' perception of service quality is different regarding its various dimentions, hence their importance is different. To improve service quality, these issues should be considered and accordingly, determine the priorities.

 
Keyword(s): PRIMARY HEALTH CARE, BANDAR ABBAS
 
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