Influence of COVID-19 outbreak on emergency department Press Ganey scores of emergency physicians

Dietrich Jehle, Jonathan Leggett, Radley Short, Jonathan Pangia, Casey Wilson, Scott Gutovitz

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Background and Hypothesis: The authors investigate whether there is a difference in Press Ganey (PG; patient satisfaction scores) scores for the emergency physicians before and during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak at a regional group of emergency departments in the southeastern United States. The authors hypothesize that decreases in emergency department volume, less emergency department boarding of admissions, reduced use of hallway beds, and favorable attitudes toward emergency physicians during the COVID-19 outbreak may influence patient satisfaction scores measured in the Press Ganey surveys. Study Design and Methods: The authors performed a retrospective review of PG scores obtained over the prior 7 months at 8 larger teaching hospitals in the Southeast region (Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina). Averaged physician PG Scores and their 4 components—courtesy, time to listen, informative regarding treatment, concern for comfort—were collected. The authors evaluated the overall physician PG ratings for March through May 2020 (COVID outbreak) vs the prior 4 months. Overall emergency physician scores, using top box methodology of percent highest response, were averaged from 4 questions regarding the emergency physician's care. Results: There were 6272 patient satisfaction surveys returned in the 7-month study period; 4003 responses during the pre-COVID months (November 2019–February 2020) and 2296 during the COVID months (March through May 2020). Results showed that in the “pre-COVID time” the PG surveys scored in the 17% of all PGs in the country (63.9% “top-box” or highest rating score) as compared to scoring in the 34% of all PGs (68.1% “top-box”) during “COVID time.” These data were statistically significant using a chi-square analysis with P < 0.001. Conclusions: Emergency physician patient satisfaction scores, as represented by the PG score, were significantly higher during the COVID months, in comparison to the pre-COVID months, for 8 teaching hospitals in the Southeast region of the United States.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1413-1417
Number of pages5
JournalJACEP Open
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Patient satisfaction
  • Press Ganey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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