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Outsourcing and cutting choice in private hospital menus – does it impact on patient foodservice satisfaction?

Richardson, Taryn, Donaldson, Brooke, Bauer, Judith D. , & Hannan-Jones, Mary T. (2009) Outsourcing and cutting choice in private hospital menus – does it impact on patient foodservice satisfaction? In Riley, Malcolm (Ed.) Nutrition & Dietetics, Blackwell Publishing Asia, Darwin, A32.

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    Abstract

    Patient satisfaction with foodservices is multidimensional. It is well recognised that food and other aspects of foodservice delivery are important elements of patients overall perception of the hospital experience. This study aimed to determine whether menu changes in 2008 at an acute private hospital, considered negative by the dietetic staff, would affect patient satisfaction with the foodservice. Changes to the menu, secondary to the refurbishment of the foodservice facilities decreased the number of choices at breakfast from six to four, and altered the dessert menu to include a larger proportion of commercially produced products. The Acute Care Hospital Foodservice Patient Satisfaction Questionnaire (ACHFPSQ) was utilised to assess patient satisfaction with the menu changes, as it has proven accuracy and reliability in measuring patient satisfaction. Results of the survey (n=306) were compared to data with previous ACHFPSQ surveys conducted annually since 2003. Data analysed included overall foodservice satisfaction and four dimensions of foodservice satisfaction: food quality, meal service quality, staff/service issues and the physical environment. Satisfaction targets were set at 4 (scale 1–5) for each foodservice dimension. Analysis showed that despite changes to the menu, overall foodservice satisfaction rated high, with a score of 4.3. Eighty-six percent of patients rated the foodservice as either ‘very good’ or ‘good’. The four foodservice dimensions were rated highly (4.2–4.8). Findings were consistent with previous survey results, demonstrating a high level of patient satisfaction across all dimensions of the foodservice, despite changes to the menu. The annual ACHFPSQ was of value to this practice question.

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    ID Code: 51184
    Item Type: Conference Paper
    Keywords: foodservice, nutrition, satisfaction, outsourcing, hospital
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NUTRITION AND DIETETICS (111100)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NUTRITION AND DIETETICS (111100) > Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified (111199)
    Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
    Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
    Deposited On: 28 Jun 2012 16:42
    Last Modified: 28 Aug 2012 14:40

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