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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 21-26

Patients'/clients' expectation toward and satisfaction from pharmacy services

1 Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Gondar University, Gondar, Ethiopia
2 Department of Pharmaceutics, Gondar University, Gondar, Ethiopia
3 Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Gondar University, Gondar, Ethiopia
4 School of pharmacy, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Gondar University, Gondar, Ethiopia

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Mohammed Biset Ayalew
Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Gondar University, Gondar
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2279-042X.200995

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Objective: Satisfaction is becoming a popular health-care quality indicator as it reflects the reality of service or care provided. The aim of this study was to assess the level of patients' expectation toward and satisfaction from pharmacy service provided and to identify associated factor that might affect their expectation and satisfaction. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted on 287 patients, who were served in five pharmacies of Gondar University Hospital in May 2015. Data regarding socio-demographic characteristics and parameters that measure patients' expectation and satisfaction were collected through interview using the Amharic version of the questionnaire. Data were entered into SPSS version 21, and descriptive statistics, cross-tabs, and binary logistic regressions were utilized. P < 0.05 was used to declare association. Findings: Among 287 respondents involved in the study, 149 (51.9%) claimed to be satisfied with the pharmacy service and setting. Two hundred and twenty-nine (79.4%) respondents have high expectation toward gaining good services. Even though significant association was observed between the pharmacy type and patients level of satisfaction, sociodemographic characteristics of a patient were not found to predict the level of satisfaction. There is a higher level of expectation among study participants who earn higher income per month (>(2000 Ethiopian birr [ETB]) than those who get less income (<1000 ETB). Conclusion: Although patients have a higher level of expectation toward pharmacy services, their satisfaction from the service was found to be low.

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