Abstract We aimed to assess the level of satisfaction with hospital care of patients with advanced cancer and its association with quality of life and other patient characteristics. Eligible patients were asked to fill out the EORTC INPATSAT‐32 questionnaire, measuring patient satisfaction, and the EORTC QLQ‐C15‐PAL, measuring quality of life. Factor analysis was performed to identify underlying patterns in satisfaction. Multivariable regression analyses were used to assess associations of quality of life and other patient characteristics with satisfaction. A total of 105 patients participated in the study. The mean general satisfaction score was 72 (SD 21). Factor analysis identified three underlying dimensions: satisfaction with nurses (explaining 62.1% of the total variance), satisfaction with physicians (7.7%) and satisfaction with hospital services (5.3%). Associations were found between global health and general satisfaction (β = 0.35, p = 0.01), and between emotional functioning and satisfaction with hospital services (β = 0.016, p < 0.01). Further, diagnosis of breast cancer was associated with satisfaction with physicians (β = 1.06, p < 0.01) and dyspnoea with satisfaction with hospital services (β = 0.007, p = 0.03). Patients with advanced cancer are reasonably satisfied with hospital care. The INPATSAT‐32 mainly measures satisfaction with nurses. Satisfaction with care and quality of life seems to represent distinct outcomes of hospital care in patients with advanced cancer.

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Keywords cross-sectional studies, hospitals, neoplasms, palliative care, patient satisfaction, quality of life
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/ 10.1111/ecc.12874, hdl.handle.net/1765/109678
Journal European Journal of Cancer Care
Engel, M, Brinkman-Stoppelenburg, A, Nieboer, D, & van der Heide, A. (2018). Satisfaction with care of hospitalised patients with advanced cancer in the Netherlands. European Journal of Cancer Care, 2018(e12874). doi: 10.1111/ecc.12874