Development of a needs assessment system in rehabilitation

J.W.G.A. Pot, Willem H. van Harten, E.R. Seydel, G. Snoek

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The aim of this project was to develop a standardized, valid and reliable instrument for determining needs of patients and quality of
care as perceived by patients. A questionnaire was constructed based upon the Service Quality Model. This model, patient expectations and experiences all play an important role in the questionnaire. The questionnaire contains a general part which includes ten determinants of care, the information the patient got and the perceived quality of care
in general. The questionnaire also contains a specific part which includes questions about the actual care for diagnosis related problems. Twenty-four spinal cord injured patients, staying at a Dutch rehabilitation centre, participated in this study.
It is concluded that with the developed questionnaire the perceived quality of care according to the Service Quality Model can be assessed. Major contributions of the questionnaire to rehabilitation care will be its ability to highlight patient needs related to identified symptoms,
and to provide a tool to signal aspects in the organization that can be improved. Thus it becomes a tool for quality management. Recommendations have been made for further research to make future use of the
questionnaire in other settings and populations possible.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-159
Number of pages5
JournalInternational journal of rehabilitation research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1999


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  • IR-34081


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