Date of Award
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Dr. Youssef Boulaksil
Dr. Younes Hamdouch
In line with Vision 2021, the UAE’s National Agenda has six pillars: providing world-class healthcare is one of them. It is hence not surprising that the UAE healthcare industry is allocating substantial weight to the element of quality. Patient-centered care is internationally becoming part of the quality domain. Patient-centered quality may be defined as “providing the care that the patient needs in the manner the patient desires at the time the patient desires”. This requires substantially more attention to learning about patients’ preferences. One of the main dimensions of patient-centered quality is timely access to care, which includes shorter waiting times and efficient use of physicians’ time. Long waiting time is a globally challenging phenomenon that most healthcare systems face; it is the main topic of this thesis.
The thesis consists of two main studies. The first empirical study was conducted by interviewing a sample of 552 patients to assess their satisfaction with their waiting experience in UAE hospitals. The collected data allowed us to test several hypotheses that were formulated based on an extensive literature study to better understand the relationship between waiting time and certain variables.
In the second study, a simulation model for a typical clinic was built from real data obtained from a public hospital in Abu Dhabi emirate, considering two types of patients’ arrival; by appointment and walk-in, to test the effect of delayed arrivals and number of resources on the waiting time. The objective of the simulation study was to determine effective strategies for reducing the patients’ waiting time. The results of both studies are presented and discussed, with some recommendations, managerial implications, and conclusions.
Al Hammadi, Haleema Mohamed Hasan Mahmood, "WAITING TIME AND PATIENTS’ SATISFACTION" (2019). Dissertations. 113.