Purpose – The purpose of this paper, in the context of hospital wards, is to test a model in which theward manager’s orientation towards a given organizational climate contributes to determine theclimate perceived by medical and nursing staff, and this, in turn, has an impact on patient satisfaction.Design/methodology/approach – The design of the study is cross-sectional. The manager’s climateorientation, employee perceptions of organizational climate, and patient satisfaction questionnaireswere administered to ward managers, medical staff, and inpatients in 57 wards belonging to ten publichospitals in Italy. The hypothesised model was tested using two-level structural equation modelling.Findings – Different climates impact on patient satisfaction in a different way. Evidence was foundthat a human relation climate augments patient satisfaction. Ward managers’ orientation on specificorganizational models is matched by the actual climate perceived by medical and nursing staff.Comparison between alternative nested models shows that there is evidence in favour of the mediatingeffect of climate between the managers’ climate orientation and patient satisfaction.Research limitations/implications – The main limitation of the paper is the cross-sectional natureof the data set, which does not allow for definitive conclusions on the direction of causality links.Practical implications – Understanding the link between climate and patient satisfaction mayguide hospitals towards a more conscious selection of the appropriate organizational model.Originality/value – The contribution of the present paper to the extant literature is twofold. First,it verifies whether the ward manager’s climate orientation is matched by the organizational climate asperceived by subordinates. Second, it investigates the mediating role that organizational climate playsbetween ward managers’ orientations and patient satisfaction.
|Titolo:||Patient satisfaction, managers' climate orientation and organizational climate|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2011|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|