Parental satisfaction and the ability to recall the physician's name

Minal R. Patel, Michael D. Cabana

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During urgent care visits, families may not see their regular physician and may not even recall the name of their provider. The authors conducted a cross-sectional parental satisfaction survey at pediatric ambulatory clinics to assess whether parent recall of their treating physician's name is associated with parental satisfaction. For urgent care, ability to recall the physician's name was positively associated with parental satisfaction (odds ratio [OR] = 2.14; 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.76-2.60). Factors associated with dissatisfaction were parking difficulty (OR = 0.38; 95% CI = 0.26-0.57) and increasing visit time (OR = 0.87; 95% CI = 0.81-0.94). In urgent care clinics, not being able to recall the treating physician's name is associated with dissatisfaction. Although there are many factors associated with satisfaction that are not in the physician's control, there may be simple actions associated with improved satisfaction that physicians can implement, such as clearly introducing themselves and making sure parents remember their name.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)525-529
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Pediatrics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2010
Externally publishedYes



  • Access to care
  • Ambulatory care
  • Patient satisfaction
  • Pediatrics
  • Physician-patient communication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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