Qual Saf Health Care 19:173-181 doi:10.1136/qshc.2007.026013
  • Original research

Satisfaction with inpatient care in a population-based Hong Kong Chinese sample

  1. G M Leung1
  1. 1School of Public Health, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
  2. 2Research Office, Food and Health Bureau, Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Hong Kong, China
  1. Correspondence to Professor Gabriel M Leung, School of Public Health, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, 21 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong, China; gmleung{at}
  • Accepted 25 November 2008
  • Published Online First 1 February 2010


Objective To measure self-reported inpatient experience in Hong Kong.

Design Data were derived from the 2005 Thematic Household Survey.

Setting and participants 24 364 non-institutional and 3390 institutionalised respondents aged at least 18 years systematically drawn to represent the Hong Kong adult population, 6.9% of whom were admitted at least once as an inpatient during the previous 12 months. Data from this group was analysed.

Main outcome measure Picker Patient Experience Questionnaire-15.

Results Overall, respondents scored their last inpatient episode 39.6 (range=0–100, the lower the score, the better the patient experience). Patients who sought care from private hospitals reported a lower Picker Patient Experience Questionnaire-15 score than those cared for in public facilities (31.1 vs 41.8 respectively, p<0.001). We observed substantial differences between public hospital geographic clusters that were confirmed by multivariable regression. When benchmarked against the UK, Germany and the USA, Hong Kong patients tended to report a significantly higher number of problems.

Conclusions We found systematic differences between the level of satisfaction and type of problems reported by Hong Kong Chinese compared to those in Euro-American settings. The observed heterogeneities among different public hospitals, between the private and public sectors, and among subgroups of inpatients should provide an evidence based on which quality improvement initiatives can be designed and evaluated.


  • Competing interests None.

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