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The use of consumer-satisfaction surveys by an air medical program

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      Surveys were distributed to referring and receiving hospitals or to EMS agencies that used the air medical service. The respondents were asked to evaluate the dispatcher's, pilot's and flight crew's professionalism and courteousness on a Likert scale and through written comments. Phase 1 of the survey distribution was discontinued after problems were encountered due to the distribution process. Phase 2 consisted of the air medical program mailing surveys directly to the referring and receiving facilities or to the EMS agencies. In terms of courteousness and professionalism, 90% of the respondents' answers fell within the strongly agree to neutral range. Questions regarding pilots and dispatchers were often left unanswered. Two areas were identified as needing further work on the part of the medical flight crew: follow-up with referring hospitals on patient outcome and identification of flight physicians vs. flight nurses.

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