The influence of patient-physician communication on physician loyalty and hospital loyalty of the patient
Objective: Patient-physician communication is important for an effective healthcare service and for the patient’s development of loyalty to the hospital. In this regard, this study aimed to determine whether there is a relationship between the patient-physician communication, the loyalty of the patient to the physician and to the hospital. Also study aimed to determine whether there is a mediating role of the physician loyalty on the patient-physician communication effect on to the hospital loyalty.
Method: Five hundred ten questionnaires were distributed to regular public patients of the government hospitals, clinics, and private clinic patients in Sakarya using a simple random sampling method. Data were analysed using descriptive statistics and Structural Equation Modelling (SEM).
Results: According to the findings, there was a significant relationship between patient-physician communication and loyalty to physician and to hospital. Patient-physician communication has a significant effect on loyalty to physician and hospital. In addition, patient loyalty has a mediating role on the patient-physician communication effect on the hospital loyalty.
Conclusion: According to the result of the study, physician-patient communication could be used as an important tool in creating physician loyalty and hospital loyalty. This study helps physicians and health service providers to formulate strategies and tactics that will effectively develop the loyalty of patients.
How to cite this:Unal O, Akbolat M, Amarat M. The influence of patient-physician communication on physician loyalty and hospital loyalty of the patient. Pak J Med Sci. 2018;34(4):999-1003. doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.344.15136
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