Patient Satisfaction with Substance Use Disorder Rehabilitation Services: a Qualitative Study
Despite its recognized value, there is a gap in the assessment of patient satisfaction among patients with substance use disorder (SUD) in rehabilitation. The study objective was to determine patient satisfaction dimensions relevant to individuals receiving residential rehabilitation for SUD. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with the following: (1) adult males enrolled in the program and (2) counseling staff involved in the care of these individuals. A literature review formed the basis for interviews, which were audio recorded and transcribed. Text data was analyzed using directed content analysis to identify dimensions relevant to patient satisfaction. Eighteen individuals participated, including 14 men with SUD and four staff. Content analysis of the interview transcripts resulted in five themes: (1) counselor (skill), (2) programmatic structure (adhering), (3) skill development (personal responsibility), (4) comparison to other programs, and (5) case management facilitation. These dimensions will be utilized to create a patient satisfaction tool specific to SUD rehabilitation.