Aim: To evaluate patients' satisfaction with a psychiatric day hospital in the West Galway Catchments area.
Study design: This is a cross-sectional study. Methods: This study was undertaken by using a 33-items questionnaire for 44 patients who attended the day hospital. SPSS version-12 was used for collecting and applying tests to the data, Fisher's exact test was used to analyse the data as sample size is small and P<0.05 was considered statistically significant. Results are also presented in the form of descriptive analysis including percentages and frequencies.
Results: Only 37 out of the 44 patients returned the questionnaires. Among the participants were 61% (n=22) male and 38% (n=15) female. The patients were mostly satisfied with the services available at the day hospital, except the waiting period for a first appointment. There was no significant (P=0.11) gender difference in terms of patients' satisfaction with the day hospital service. The age group, 45 years and above, were less satisfied (P=0.02) with the availability of a comfortable room for counselling, as compared to the younger age group. The patients did not like to tell others that they were attending the day hospital. The results were comparable with previous published patient satisfaction surveys using the same questionnaire by the Health Research Board, except that the patients in the present survey were more satisfied with the waiting area and availability of counselling.
Conclusions: Patients are mostly satisfied with the West Galway day hospital services.
The older patients (45 years and above) are not satisfied with the counselling room, and therefore further investigations are needed to ascertain their requirements for a counselling room. Patients are more satisfied with the waiting area and availability of counselling compared to the findings of other similar studies conducted in Ireland. Resources are needed to be allocated to the day hospital services.