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  • 1. Communicating Q li f C i i Quality from the C h Consumers Vi View NAMA 1.23.09 1 23 09 Jill Austin, Chief Marketing Officer, VMC
  • 2. The Situation: What is Quality? Most Important Factor in Determining The Quality of Care of a Hospital Factors in Determining the Quality of a Hospital Quality Care 16.7% Quality of Care 16.7% Quality Staff 16.6% Friend/Relative's Past Experience 11.8% Quality Physicians 16.4% Quality Physician Care 8.4% Prompt Care 4.7% Personal Experience 8.3% Quality Nurses 4.1% Staff 8.1% Friendly/Caring Staff 4.0% Reputation 7.9% Reputation 3.0% Cleanliness 6.8% Good Service 2.8% Friendly/Caring Staff 3.1% Cleanliness 2.4% Prompt Care 2.5% Uncertain 7.1% Uncertain 7.9% 0.0% 5.0% 10.0% 15.0% 20.0% 0.0% 5.0% 10.0% 15.0% 20.0% Other responses not shown. Other responses not shown. Source: 1900 respondents, PRC Consumer Survey, 2006 Healthcare quality outcomes and process metrics? 2
  • 3. The Search for the Answer • Best practices review: volumes, FAQs, patient volumes FAQs satisfaction • Initial Focus Groups: consumer words vs. vs technical or internal view • Wh questions would those of us “i the What i ld h f “in h know” ask? 3
  • 4. The Proposed Solution • Question framework: • H well will I fare? How ll ill f ? How safe is the procedure? What will my quality of life be like afterwards? • How do I know you are good at what you do? How experienced is your team in this procedure? What do others that have been through this say? What do third parties say? What new advances should I know about and consider? • Answers based on “traditional” healthcare traditional metrics 4
  • 5. The Testing Methodology • Hypothesis: the more specific, the more value specific • Conducted focus groups with 168 consumers in 06-07: 06- • Cancer, Heart, Overall 5
  • 6. Findings • Very positive about the cancer and heart specific questions: • “just what I’ve been looking for just I ve for” • The information was seen as both “valuable and believable believable” • “I’m taking this to my doctor if I’m diagnosed with cancer” cancer 6
  • 7. Findings • Mixed feedback on overall quality • “Ask and Know” questions ranked highest • “How will I fare” and “What can I expect How fare What expect” some perceived it as cold and impersonal some wanted more detailed answers • “Wh says this h i l i top notch” “Who hi hospital is h” some perceived as biased some wanted it to be more prominent with more p national rankings • Some wanted more information on cutting edge information and stats • Some wanted more patient stories, some less 7
  • 8. Quality Websites • VMC overall quality page • Cancer quality page 8
  • 9. Metrics – Unique Page Views • 3314 Quality Answers • 374 Have you treated other patients like me • 331 O Overall quality of care ll li f • 221 Pneumonia • 206 Survival and mortality rates 9
  • 10. Conclusions • The more specific the context for quality questions and answers, the more meaningful for consumers • Summary level quality information needs to speak to different types of information seekers 10