Predictors of Communication Quality: The Patient, Provider, and Nurse Call Center Triad

Gerald R. Ledlow, H. Dan O'Hair, Scott Moore

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine characteristics of communication quality in a managed care context in which a nurse call center was used as the patient point of entry to the health system. The study sought to determine the level of communication quality among patients, health care providers, and nurses in the call center. Having measured the timeliness, accuracy, usefulness, and quantity of communication variables, a reasonable picture of communication quality emerged. The study explored patient differences in their perception of communication quality due to socioeconomic status, needs, experience, age, and various other factors. Likewise, providers who differ in training, specialty, and experience should have different perceptions and expectations of communication through nurse call center interaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)431-455
Number of pages25
JournalHealth Communication
Volume15
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Communication

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