Patient Guide to Patient Satisfaction Surveys and Ratings

Keck Medicine of USC values the partnerships we have with our patients and their loved ones. We are committed to providing you the information you need at your fingertips to make informed decisions about your health care, your physicians and other providers who take part in your health care journey. As part of that commitment, we now post our physicians’ patient satisfaction ratings online.

To assist you, we’ve developed this guide to help patients, family members and those considering visiting a Keck Medicine of USC physician understand how we capture and report our patient experience ratings.

About our survey

Keck Medicine of USC is focused on providing an exceptional experience in every interaction between patients and staff. All ratings are submitted by actual patients and verified by an outside organization in the patient satisfaction industry. We measure all aspects of patient satisfaction to ensure that we are holding ourselves to the highest standards. We also partner with an independent patient satisfaction company called National Research Corporation, which provides the technology to display ratings and comments on our physician profile pages.

Who receives the survey?

The survey is mailed or emailed to randomly selected Keck Medicine of USC patients within a few days following their appointments. Patients are asked to complete the survey and provide comments regarding specific aspects of care. We use this feedback to improve and enhance the care we offer.

Do you post all comments?

Keck Medicine of USC is committed to transparency. That means posting all relevant feedback – whether it’s positive or negative. However, we do not post comments that are libelous, profane or those that risk the privacy of our patients. Every provider rating is published, regardless of comment status.

What questions do we ask?

Keck Medicine of USC utilizes the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Clinician & Group Survey (CG-CAHPS), which was developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for use in hospitals and medical practices across the country. The survey asks patients to evaluate how well their physicians communicated, listened and showed courtesy and respect toward them. Results are used to evaluate patients’ overall perception of care and to identify areas for improvement.

We calculate our star ratings based on responses to the questions below from the CG-CAHPS survey.

Physician communication questions

  • Did this provider explain things in a way that was easy to understand?
  • Did this provider listen carefully to you?
  • Did this provider give you easy-to-understand instructions about taking care of these health problems or concerns?
  • Did this provider seem to know the important information about your medical history?
  • Did this provider show respect for what you had to say?
  • Did this provider spend enough time with you?

Overall rating question

  • Using any number from 0 to 10, where 0 is the worst provider possible and 10 is the best provider possible, what number would you use to rate this provider?

Why don’t we see patient ratings and comments for every doctor?

The industry best practice is clear — more reviews provide a more accurate picture. That’s why we require a minimum of 30 completed patient surveys per doctor before we post a physician’s rating. Over time, with more surveys received on an ongoing basis, the number of rated physicians will increase.

Can anyone complete a survey or post a comment about a physician?

No. Only patients who have visited a Keck Medicine of USC physician may be selected to receive a survey. The results are based entirely on patients who have actually been treated by the physician.

How is patient information protected?

Patient names are not displayed through the online ratings and comments. All personally identifiable information is removed prior to display.

Last Modified: January 4, 2022

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