Understanding quality of care and satisfaction with sexual and reproductive healthcare among young men

Post Date: 
2018-11-30
Publication: 
Journal of Healthcare Quality
Summary: 

OBJECTIVE:
Sexual and reproductive healthcare (SRHC) guidelines recommend the delivery of quality preventive SRHC to males beginning in adolescence. A quality of care (QOC) framework was used to examine factors associated with young male's perceptions of QOC and satisfaction with care, which can influence their engagement and use of SRHC.

METHODS:
Cross-sectional surveys were conducted from August 2014 to September 2016 with 385 male patients aged 15-24 years, recruited from primary care and sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinics. Surveys measured QOC received, satisfaction with care, and domains of a QOC framework. Poisson regression analyses examined associations between domains of quality and perceived QOC as well as satisfaction with care.

RESULTS:
Over half of males reported QOC as excellent (59%) and were very satisfied with the services (56.7%). Excellent QOC and high satisfaction with services was associated with timely care, higher Clinician-Client Centeredness, and being a bisexual male. Excellent QOC was also associated with greater comfort in the clinic, being tested for human immunodeficiency virus/STDs, attending primary care settings, and receipt of higher number of SRHC services.

CONCLUSIONS:
Using a QOC framework as part of providing SRHC to young males can be important in improving their perceptions of QOC and satisfaction with services.

Citation: 
Pilgrim N, Jennings JM, Sanders R, Page KR, Loosier PS, Dittus PJ, Marcell AV. Understanding quality of care and satisfaction with sexual and reproductive healthcare among young men. J Healthc Qual. 2018 Nov/Dec;40(6):354-366. doi: 10.1097/JHQ.0000000000000149. PMID: 30399033; PMCID: PMC6224152.