Patients' experiences with hospital care in five countries.
Analysis of patient surveys carried out in Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States in 1998-2000 revealed high rates of problems during inpatient hospital stays. Problems with information and education, coordination of care, respect for patients' preferences, emotional support, physical comfort, involvement of family and friends, and continuity and transition were prevalent in all five countries. These dimensions of patients' experience appear to be salient and ...Expand abstract
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