Childbearing in U.S. Military Hospitals: dimensions of care affecting women's perceptions of quality and satisfaction

Objective: The U.S. Department of Defense provides medical services for approximately 9.1 million beneficiaries, one-half of whom are women. Information is lacking about how well the military health system has adopted patient-centered approaches for promoting individual choice and preference in a bureaucratically structured military hospital. The purpose of this study was to examine women's evaluations of maternity care with respect to decision-making, confidence, trust in health care providers, and treatment within the military hospital.

Results: Less than 50% of respondents would recommend the military hospital to family and friends. Significantly associated with women's willingness to recommend their specific military hospital to others were courtesy and availability of staff, confidence and trust in provider, treatment with respect and dignity, information and education, physical comfort, involvement of friends and family, continuity and transition, and involvement in decision-making. It is important for military health care leaders to establish a proactive program of patient-centered maternity care. Continuous care, education, support services, and a multidisciplinary approach should be integrated to retain and recapture obstetric patients who are served in military hospitals in the US.

Status: Complete

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