Perceptions of service quality in Victorian public dental clinics using Google patient reviews

Boxi Feng, Joon Soo Park, Joshua Lee, Marc Tennant, Estie Kruger

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Objectives Using Google online reviews, this study investigated why patients were satisfied or dissatisfied with their public dental clinic in Victoria, Australia.

Methods This mixed methods study gathered Google reviews published by users pre-March, 2021. The reviews were coded and subthemes and major themes were identified. The most common reasons why patients gave reviews were tabulated and stratified according to star rating, remoteness and accessibility index classification, and socio-economic status.

Results Of the 522 reviews included in this study, in 317 (60.7%) satisfaction was expressed. Compliments and complaints were documented. A total of 53 subthemes were identified. Major themes included Treatment, Staff, Communication and Professionalism, Patient Factors and Non-Clinical Reasons. From the reviews, more patients were satisfied with general unspecified treatment (n = 195; 14.7%) and dissatisfied with reception staff (n = 64; 4.8%). More reviews were generated by patients who visited clinics in major cities and lower socio-economic areas.

Conclusion This study found that most patients expressed satisfaction and identified reasons why patients were satisfied or dissatisfied. Consumer feedback, including compliments and complaints, is an integral aspect of monitoring and improving health service quality. It is important to continue seeking feedback and improve accordingly.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)485-495
Number of pages11
JournalAustralian Health Review
Issue number4
Early online date23 Jun 2022
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2022


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