Evaluation of quality of life, depression and satisfaction in patients treated at the Physiotherapy teaching clinic of the State University of Northern Paraná (Uenp)

Jéssica Maria Marcusso Orsini, Joyce Karla Machado da Silva, Marcos da Cunha Lopes Virmond, Camila Costa de Araujo


Introduction: Patient satisfaction is an important indicator of care quality and can be used to set goals and identify areas for improvement. Objective: To evaluate the satisfaction, quality of life and depressive symptoms of patients at the Uenp (State University of Northern Paraná) Physiotherapy teaching clinic. Method: Cross-sectional, quantitative descriptive study. Sixty-one patients completed a sociodemographic questionnaire, the “Instrument to assess patient satisfaction with physical therapy in the public health system”, the short-form-36 health survey (SF-36) to evaluate quality of life, and the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) to determine the presence of depression. For statistical analysis, data were described using means and standard deviations, the Shapiro-Wilk test was applied to assess normality, and the variables were analyzed by Pearson’s correlation coefficient, with p ≤ 0.05 considered statistically significant. Results: The patient-therapist relationship was largely classified as “excellent”; the most common response for the item “respect and interest shown to patients” was also “excellent”. Patients scored well on the SF-36, indicating good quality of life; the highest scores were obtained in the “mental health” domain (65.04 ± 23.25). Regarding the depression, most patients (52.44%) displayed depressive symptoms. Correlation between satisfaction and the BDI showed a statistically significant difference in twelve dimensions. Comparison between the SF-36 and BDI indicated a statistically significant difference in eight domains. Conclusion: Patients are satisfied with the treatment received and the competence of the health care team at the clinic.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1980-5918.032.o39


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