Improving the Usefulness and Use of Patient Survey Programs: National Health Service Interview Study.

Research paper by Kelsey K Flott, Ara A Darzi, Sarah S Gancarczyk, Erik E Mayer

Indexed on: 25 Apr '18Published on: 25 Apr '18Published in: Journal of medical Internet research


A growing body of evidence suggests a concerning lag between collection of patient experience data and its application in service improvement. This study aims to identify what health care staff perceive to be the barriers and facilitators to using patient-reported feedback and showcase successful examples of doing so. This study aimed to apply a systems perspective to suggest policy improvements that could support efforts to use data on the frontlines. Qualitative interviews were conducted in eight National Health Service provider locations in the United Kingdom, which were selected based on National Inpatient Survey scores. Eighteen patient-experience leads were interviewed about using patient-reported feedback with relevant staff. Interviews were transcribed and underwent thematic analysis. Staff-identified barriers and facilitators to using patient experience feedback were obtained. The most frequently cited barriers to using patient reported feedback pertained to interpreting results, understanding survey methodology, presentation of data in both national Care Quality Commission and contractor reports, inability to link data to other sources, and organizational structure. In terms of a wish list for improved practice, staff desired more intuitive survey methodologies, the ability to link patient experience data to other sources, and more examples of best practice in patient experience improvement. Three organizations also provided examples of how they successfully used feedback to improve care. Staff feedback provides a roadmap for policy makers to reconsider how data is collected and whether or not the national regulations on surveys and patient experience data are meeting the quality improvement needs of local organizations. ©Kelsey Flott, Ara Darzi, Sarah Gancarczyk, Erik Mayer. Originally published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (http://www.jmir.org), 24.04.2018.