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Research Article  |   November 1995
Client-Centered Approach to Develop a Seating Clinic Satisfaction Questionnaire: A Qualitative Study
Author Affiliations
  • Joan McComas, PhD, PT, is Assistant Professor, Physiotherapy Program, University of Ottawa, 451 Smyth Road, Ottawa, Ontario K1H 8M5, Canada
  • Mylène Kosseim, MBA, OT(C), is self-employed, She was Occupational Therapist at Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre when this study was completed
  • Diana Macintosh, OT(C), is Senior Occupational Therapist, Ottawa Children’s Treatment Center, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Article Information
Pediatric Evaluation and Intervention / Research
Research Article   |   November 1995
Client-Centered Approach to Develop a Seating Clinic Satisfaction Questionnaire: A Qualitative Study
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November 1995, Vol. 49, 980-985. doi:10.5014/ajot.49.10.980
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November 1995, Vol. 49, 980-985. doi:10.5014/ajot.49.10.980
Abstract

Objective. The purpose of this study was to develop a program evaluation tool through a client-centered approach. Client satisfaction questionnaires previously developed for service recipients of a pediatric seating clinic have reflected the professionals’ views on what should be asked.

Method. Seven parents and caregivers of recent service recipients of the seating clinic participated in tape-recorded semistructured interviews. They were asked their views on the seating clinic, how the service could be improved, and the quality of the seat received through the clinic.

Results. Data were coded into nine themes related to the process and the product. Using these themes and the vocabulary used by the participants, we developed a satisfaction questionnaire. The validity of the questionnaire was evaluated by requesting feedback on clarity, content, and design from all participants and from a panel of five health professionals.

Conclusion. A client-centered approach can be used to develop a client satisfaction tool that reflects the needs of the users. Future work will involve testing the tool in the clinical setting.