Structural Equation Modeling of Associations Between Quality of Services and Satisfaction, Loyalty, and Trust of Patients Referring to Health and Medical Centers
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Abstract:
Background

Today, the hospital's priority is to attract and retain customers. Recent research has shown that the provided quality of services can influence customer reuse, loyalty, trust and satisfaction. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between service quality and loyalty, trust and satisfaction of patients in health and medical centers of Gilan University of Medical Sciences through structural equation modeling.

Methods

The present study was conducted on 384 people referred to Gilan University of Medical Sciences. Service quality was assessed using a questionnaire on 5 dimensions of infrastructure, space, object, interaction and process quality. The validity of the research instrument was assessed by factor analysis and its reliability was estimated by Cronbach's alpha coefficient. The conceptual model of research was tested through structural equation technique in SmartPLS software.

Results

Infrastructure (r = 0.51), object (r = 0.2), atmosphere (r = 0.11), interaction (r = 0.09), and process quality (r = 0.14) had direct and significant impact on satisfaction. Satisfaction as a mediator variable was also positively influenced trust (r = and loyalty.

Conclusion

The results of this study revealed that Infrastructure quality followed by object quality had greatest impact on satisfaction.

Article Type:
Research/Original Article
Language:
English
Published:
Caspian Journal of Health Research, Volume:4 Issue:4, 2019
Pages:
94 - 98
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