Key:

starThe best possible results

plusBetter than comparison group

checkSimilar to comparison group

minusLags behind comparison group

not applicableNot applicable

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Listening to Patients

At Massachusetts General Hospital, we understand that technical excellence at delivering care is only part of the picture. Patients and family members expect and deserve an equally high level of compassion, communication, respect, and comfort.

Improving the patient experience is integral to the MGH's commitment to being patient-centered, which is one of the Institute of Medicine's six aims of health care quality. To measure patient experience and identify improvement opportunities, MGH uses a survey called the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Hospital Survey (H-CAHPS). This survey was developed at the federal level, and is used by hospitals nationwide. Patients are contacted soon after their hospital visit and asked to report on aspects of their hospital care, including communication with doctors and nurses, responsiveness of hospital staff, pain management, hospital environment, communication about medications, and discharge information.

Responsiveness of hospital staff, communication between patients and providers, and hospital environment are some of our current areas of focus. We identified these areas for targeted improvement by listening closely to our patients, relying on survey results and patient comments. We are proud to share our survey results with the public and will work hard to justify the confidence our patients have placed in us.

Click on any of the measure names below to see a detailed description of the measure, our performance over time and what we are doing to improve. On the chart below, hover your mouse over the data columns or icons to see more information.

MeasureOur Current PerformanceComparison GroupHow We Compare
Patient Experience-Adult Inpatient
Overall Rating
82%
Percent who responded 9 or 10 on a scale of 0-10 (Oct-Dec 13 data).
70%
CMS national average of percent who responded 9 or 10 on a scale of 0-10 (Apr 12-Mar 13 data).
MGH's current performance exceeds (greater than two percentage points) the CMS national average.
Recommendation
90%
Percent who responded "Definitely Yes" (Oct-Dec 13 data).
71%
CMS national average of percent who responded "Definitely Yes" (Apr 12-Mar 13 data).
MGH's current performance exceeds (greater than two percentage points) the CMS national average.
Communication with Nurses
83%
Percent who responded "Always" (Oct-Dec 13 data).
78%
CMS national average of percent who responded "Always" (Apr 12- Mar 13 data).
MGH's current performance exceeds (greater than two percentage points) the CMS national average.
Communication with Doctors
84%
Percent who responded "Always" Oct-Dec 13 data).
81%
CMS national average of percent who responded "Always" Apr 12- Mar 13 data).
MGH's current exceeds (more than two percentage points) the CMS national average.
Communication about Medications
67%
Percent who responded "Always" Oct-Dec 13 data).
64%
CMS national average of percent who responded "Always" (Jul 11-Jun 12).
MGH's currentperformance exceeds (more than two percentage points) the CMS national average.
Responsiveness of Hospital Staff
66%
Percent who responded "Always" (Oct-Dec 13 data).
67%
CMS national average of percent who responded "Always" (Apr 12-Mar 13 data).
MGH's current performance is similar to (within two percentage points) the CMS national average.
Room Cleanliness
75%
Percent who responded "Always" Oct-Dec 13 data).
73%
CMS national average of percent who responded "Always" (Apr 12-Mar 13 data).
MGH's current is similar to (within two percentage points) the CMS national average.
Quiet at Night
50%
Percent who responded "Always" Oct-Dec 13 data).
61%
CMS national average of percent who responded "Always" (Apr 12-Mar 13 data).
MGH's current performance is below the CMS national average.
Pain Management
73%
Percent who responded "Always" (Oct-Dec 13 data).
71%
CMS national average of percent who responded "Always" (Apr 11-Mar 13 data).
MGH's current is similar to (within two percentage points) the CMS national average.
Discharge Information
93%
Percent who responded "Yes"(Oct-Dec 13 data).
85%
CMS national average of percent who responded "Yes" (apr 12-Mar 13 data).
MGH's current performance exceeds (greater than two percentage points) the CMS national average.

 

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