Amin Torabipour, Laleh Gharacheh, Leila Lorestani, Reza Salehi
Introduction: Responsiveness is a main goal of health systems. Responsiveness focus on the non-medical aspects of health services delivery. This study was aimed to assess responsiveness level in public and private physiography clinics. Methods: In this multicenter cross sectional study, 403 patients refers to 16 public and 64 private physical therapy clinics were studied randomly in Ahvaz, Iran, from 2013 to 2014. Data were collected based on a valid health system responsiveness questionnaire that was developed by WHO. Health system responsiveness questionnaire for outpatients care includes seven components and 25 questions. Statistical relationship between responsiveness level of centers and patients characteristics was analyzed using Pearson coefficient, Independent t-test and one-way ANOVA. Results: Out of 403 patients, 299 (74.19%) patients were women. The mean (±SD) age of the patients was 42(±14.18) years and 92.1% of patients were 65> years. Responsiveness status in private and public physiotherapy clinics was assessed excellent (26.93±5.2) and very well (21.08±5.8) respectively. In private clinics, the mean score of communication dimension (3.96±1) and autonomy dimension (3.95±0.9) was higher than other dimensions. In public clinics the mean score of dignity (3.30±0.8), autonomy (3.16±0.9), and prompt attention (3.12±1) was higher than other areas respectively. In public and private clinics, quality of basic amenities area had the lowest score. Conclusions: The results showed that the some patients and center characteristics such as gender and work shift were factors affecting assessment of responsiveness. Responsiveness level in private centers was better than publics.
[Mater Sociomed 2017; 29(3.000): 172-175]
Keywords: Responsiveness level, physiotherapy Clinics, Public and private centers