The Pandemic Influenced a National Decrease In Patients’ Likelihood to Recommend, According to New Press Ganey Findings
Nov 09, 2021
Nov 09, 2021
BOSTON (November 4, 2021) – At the onset of the pandemic, patient experience trends varied by regions, states and healthcare organizations as COVID surges hit communities at different points in time. Now a national dynamic is taking shape.
Press Ganey, the leader in healthcare consumer and workforce engagement, conducted national analyses of client data to gauge shifts in patients’ likelihood to recommend their healthcare experience to family and friends since the onset of the pandemic—a trend that remained stable since 2018.
After an initial increase that peaked in March 2020, patients' perceptions of care across all care settings declined, most significantly in areas related to access and brand perceptions:
One nuance is with COVID patients.
Upon further analysis, Press Ganey juxtaposed responses from patients diagnosed with COVID-19 versus non-COVID patients. Findings showed that 75% of COVID patients would definitely recommend a hospital to their family and friends, compared to 72% for non-COVID patients.4
“At a time when health systems are overrun or implementing crisis standards of care, patient experience should be leveraged as operating data as opposed to punitive data,” said Chrissy Daniels, chief experience officer, Press Ganey. “Rather than emphasizing declines in performance, now is the time for leaders to motivate staff by sharing positive patient comments and to reinforce exemplary behaviors that are key drivers of patient satisfaction.”
It is imperative for healthcare leaders to review these nuances within patient populations and care settings and to drill down deeper to understand the “why” behind these recurring themes.
When rethinking the patient experience and expectations many have grown accustomed to during the pandemic, forward-looking leaders can leverage data-driven decisions to better align operations with patient needs. By expanding upon HCAHPS data and centralizing disparate feedback sources—like rounding surveys, review sites and social media channels—health systems can create a holistic foundation to drive wide-scale transformation and improve patient perceptions of care.
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Press Ganey Analyses
1 Press Ganey Inpatient HCAHPS Data; March 1, 2020 – July 31, 2021; 1,542 healthcare organizations
2 Press Ganey Medical Practice CG-CAHPS Data; Jan. 1 – July 31, 2021; 1,022 healthcare organizations
3 Press Ganey Emergency Department ED CAHPS Data; Jan. 1 – July 31, 2021; 1,849 healthcare organizations
4 Press Ganey Inpatient HCAHPS Data, COVID-19 diagnosis ICD-10 Code U07.1; Jan. 1 – Sept. 30, 2021; 116 healthcare organizations
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Revised November 9, 2021.