DETERMINATION OF WAITING TIME IN PATIENTS VISITING GENERAL MALE AND FEMALE OUTDOOR CLINICS

Waiting Time in Patients Visiting Outdoor Clinics

  • Khalid Hussain 01 Mountain Medical Battalion Bagh Pakistan
  • Muhammad Farid Pak Field Hospital-9 Nayala Sudan
  • Jovaria Masood Pak Field Hospital-9 Nayala Sudan,
Keywords: Outdoor clinics, Patients, Waiting time

Abstract

Objective: To determine waiting time of patients visiting general male and female outdoor clinics of 01 Mountain
Medical Battalion, Bagh.
Study Design: Descriptive cross sectional study.
Place and Duration of Study: The study was carried out at 1 Mountain Medical Battalion Bagh, from Dec 2016 to
Feb 2017.
Material and Methods: One hundred and ninety patients selected out of all patients visiting general male and
female outdoor clinics during working days were included in this study. Lottery method was used to select ten
patients daily in the study period and these were then scrutinized to include those fulfilling the inclusion criteria.
Waiting time to get registered, consultation and total waiting time was noted. Data collected was entered and
analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 17; Independent sample t-test was used to
compare means between samples with the level of statistical significance set at 5% (p<0.05).
Results: Waiting time to get registered for female patients was 7.24 ± 4.42 minwhile for male patients it was 8.64 ±
5.30 min. Waiting time for consultation ranged from 15.15 ± 10.50 min for female and 16.25 ± 9.89 min for male
patients. Total waiting time was 22.04 ± 11.75 min for female and 24.93 ± 12.06 min for male patients. Out of all
patients, 83.33% females and 87.5% male patients were seen within 30 minutes after being registered.
Conclusion: Majority of patients visiting general outdoor clinics were seen within 30 minutes of their registration
which is close to the international standards. There is need to further improve waiting time of patients to increase
patient satisfaction. The difference of waiting time was insignificant between male and female patients.

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Published
2018-10-31
How to Cite
Hussain, K., Farid, M., & Masood, J. (2018). DETERMINATION OF WAITING TIME IN PATIENTS VISITING GENERAL MALE AND FEMALE OUTDOOR CLINICS. Pakistan Armed Forces Medical Journal, 68(5), 1368-71. Retrieved from https://mail.pafmj.org/index.php/PAFMJ/article/view/2324
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