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John, J. and Yatim, F. M. and Mani, S. A. (2011) Measuring Service Quality of Public Dental Health Care Facilities in Kelantan, Malaysia. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 23 (5). pp. 742-753. ISSN 1010-5395

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      This study investigates patients' expectations and perceptions of service quality in public dental health care and measures their "satisfaction gap." This descriptive study involved 481 dental outpatients in Kelantan, Malaysia. A modified SERVQUAL 20-item instrument was used to assess patients' expectations before and perceptions after receiving dental treatment. The "satisfaction gap" was then measured. Results showed that patients visiting for management of dental pain were more satisfied (P = .007) than those visiting with appointment. The most significant service quality dimensions were related to responsiveness, assurance, and empathy of the dental health care providers. There was a significant difference between the patients' expectations and their perceptions of service provided (P < .01) with regard to all dimensions. In conclusion, dental service providers should give emphasis to the compassionate and emotional aspects of care and to remember that they are integral components of quality service.

      Item Type: Article
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      Uncontrolled Keywords: patient satisfaction SERVQUAL oral health care expectation perception quality of life patient satisfaction consumer perceptions medical-care expectations scale
      Subjects: Medicine and Dentistry > Clinical Dentistry
      Divisions: UNSPECIFIED
      Depositing User: Mr Ahmad Azwan Azman
      Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2012 05:38
      Last Modified: 11 Oct 2012 05:38
      URI: http://opendepot.org/id/eprint/1420

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