Cancer Patients Satisfaction and Quality of Healthcare Services in Iraq: A Cross-Sectional Study to Evaluate the Quality of Care in Cancer Management

Document Type : Research Articles


1 University of Sousse, Faculty of Medicine of Sousse, Department of Oncology, Nursing Department, Higher Health Institute, Al Najaf Health Directorate, Iraqi Ministry of Health, Iraq.

2 Department of Medical Oncology Faculty of Medicine, Sousse Tunisia University of Sousse, Tunisia.

3 Community Health Nursing, University of Kufa, Faculty of Nursing, Iraq.


Objective: Cancer is a complex disease characterized by uncontrolled cell proliferation and the development of metastatic features. The aim of the study is to examine the patient’s satisfaction with the quality of healthcare services provided at the Middle Euphrates Cancer Centre in Al-Najaf Al-Ashraf Governorate. Methods: Cancer patients who visited during 2021-2023 Middle Euphrates Cancer Center in Al-Najaf Al Ashraf Governorate in 2021–2023 were enrolled in the study. In the cross sectional study, enrolled cancer patients were screened based on inclusion and exclusion criteria. In this study, cancer patient satisfaction assessment was made based on responses from a 59 items questionnaire. Results: In the study period, 400 cancer patients who visited the Middle Euphrates Cancer Center in Al-Najaf Al Ashraf Governorate enrolled in the study. Cancer patient’s satisfaction was assessed based on the care provided by physicians, nurses, the infrastructure of the organization, and their socioeconomic status. Under the category of care provided by the physician, the level of assessment reported was low [L] =1-2.33; moderate [M] =2.34-3.66; 2.34–3.66, and high [H] =3.67-5). However, in the case of care provided by nurses, the level of assessment is low ([L] =1-2.33; moderate [M]=2.34-3.66; high [H]=3.67-5.0). The level of assessment (low [L] =1-2.33; moderate [M] = -3.66; high [H]=3.67-5) at the organization level for the services and facilities. Conclusion: Findings clearly demonstrate that the participants were dissatisfied with some services provided by doctors, nurses, or organizations. The findings also emphasize the critical need to tailor healthcare services, enhance accessibility, and elevate the overall quality of care to enhance patient satisfaction significantly. 


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