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Patient Perspectives on Outstanding Experiences: The Impact of Emotionally Intelligent Staff
Richard W. Millard, Ph.D.
J.D. Power and Associates
This paper explores how the quality of staff interpersonal skills influences overall patient experience. The communication skills of hospital staff are often what have the largest influence on patient experience, and events before and after hospitalization also exert a surprisingly large impact. These are over-arching conclusions highlighted by the National Patient Experience Study (NPES), a national survey conducted by J.D. Power that examined the experiences of 3,500 recently-discharged inpatients. Through sharing details of the study, this paper offers insight to help healthcare organizations focus on the power of positive interactions.
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