Podcast # 476: Evidence for Patient Satisfaction - The Emergency Medical Minute

Author: Dylan Luyten, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Actual wait times are weakly correlated to patient satisfaction but the difference between perceived/expected wait times and actual wait times is strongly correlated
  • Having others in the room or with the patient while they wait also has a positive effect
  • Under-promising and over-delivering can result in better patient experience
  • Managing up others and services provided also is demonstrated to improve satisfaction
  • Perceived time with health care members (physicians, APPs, nurses, etc) also is supported to improve satisfaction
  • Sitting with patients increases the perception of time



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Sonis JD, Aaronson EL, Lee RY, Philpotts LL, White BA. Emergency Department Patient Experience: A Systematic Review of the Literature. J Patient Exp. 2017;5(2):101–106. doi:10.1177/2374373517731359


Summarized by Will Dewispelaere, MS3 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD

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