What Are We Measuring?

As part of a survey about their experience at Massachusetts General Hospital, hospital patients are asked the following three questions about their interactions with physicians:

  • During this hospital stay, how often did doctors treat you with courtesy and respect?
  • During this hospital stay, how often did doctors listen carefully to you?
  • During this hospital stay, how often did doctors explain things in a way you could understand?

The answers to these questions help us identify areas in which the doctors’ communication skills are strong, as well as areas in need of improvement.

How We Are Performing?

Communication with Doctors

Higher scores are better

The composite score indicates the percentage of patients who answered ‘always’ to the questions above.

Data source: Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) Adult Patient Experience Survey
Comparison Group Source: CMS HCAHPS survey