This study analyses the degree of patient satisfaction regarding the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) by taking into account the waiting time which is considered to be associated with the success of the EMS organizational model.
Between 1 Jan 2016 and 31 March 2016 a cross-sectional research study among visitors of the EMS clinics in the EMS of the Primary Health Services of Gorenjska was performed. The EUROPEP survey was used for rating the degree of patient satisfaction. Statistical methods were utilized to determine the differences among the studied variables, namely the t test, one way ANOVA, as well as post-hoc multiple comparisons, were used.
Nearly all questions associated with the patient survey scored higher than 4.0, indicating patients were generally very satisfied with EMS treatment. Patients were least satisfied with the length of time spent waiting for an examination. The results showed that the waiting time is a statistically significant factor concerning all four dimensions of patient satisfaction: medical staff, clinical facilities, clinical equipment and organization of services (p < 0.05).
Research results have confirmed that the effectiveness of the EMS organizational model impacts on the degree of patient satisfaction. The research also revealed a deficiency in the current EMS organizational services at the prehospital level, given that triage frequently failed to be carried out upon a patient’s arrival at the EMS clinics.