Nurse practitioner consultations in primary health care: a case study-based survey of patients’ pre-consultation expectations, and post-consultation satisfaction and enablement

Published on Jan 1, 2019in Primary Health Care Research & Development1.034
· DOI :10.1017/S1463423618000415
Julian Barratt1
Estimated H-index: 1
(University of Wolverhampton),
Nicola Thomas9
Estimated H-index: 9
(LSBU: London South Bank University)
Background: Research has not yet fully investigated links to consultation duration, patient expectations, satisfaction, and enablement in nurse practitioner consultations. This study was developed to address some of these research gaps in nurse practitioner consultations, particularly with a focus on expectations, satisfaction, and enablement. Aim: To explore the influence of pre-consultation expectations, and consultation time length durations on patient satisfaction and enablement in nurse practitioner consultations in primary health care. Design: Survey component of a larger convergent parallel mixed methods case study designed to conjointly investigate the communication processes, social interactions, and measured outcomes of nurse practitioner consultations. The survey element of the case study focuses on investigating patients’ pre-consultation expectations and post-consultation patient satisfaction and enablement. Methods: A questionnaire measuring pre-consultation expectations, and post-consultation satisfaction and enablement, completed by a convenience sample of 71 adults consulting with nurse practitioners at a general practice clinic. Initial fieldwork took place in September 2011 to November 2012, with subsequent follow-up fieldwork in October 2016. Results: Respondents were highly satisfied with their consultations, and expressed significantly higher levels of enablement than have been seen in previous studies of enablement with other types of clinicians (p=0.003). A significant, small to moderate, positive correlation of 0.427 (p = 0.005) between general satisfaction and enablement was noted. No significant correlation was seen between consultation time lengths and satisfaction or enablement. Conclusion: Higher levels of patient enablement and satisfaction are not necessarily determined by the time lengths of consultations, and how consultations are conducted may be more important than their time lengths for optimising patient satisfaction and enablement.
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