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Patient Experience Surveys

Patient Guide to Patient Satisfaction Surveys and Ratings

Lake Regional Health System values the partnerships we have with our patients and their loved ones. We are committed to providing you the information you need to make informed decisions about your health care. As part of that commitment, we now post our physicians’ patient satisfaction ratings online.

The following guide explains how we capture and report our patient experience ratings. We hope this information helps you as you consider appointments with our physicians and providers.

About Our Survey

Lake Regional is focused on providing an exceptional experience in every care interaction. All ratings are submitted by actual patients and verified by a leading company in the patient satisfaction industry. We measure all aspects of patient satisfaction. To ensure that we are holding ourselves to the highest standards, we partner with an independent patient satisfaction company. National Research Corporation provides the technology to display ratings and comments on our physician profile pages.

Who Receives the Survey?

Randomly selected Lake Regional patients receive the survey via a phone call or email 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.

Is Every Rating Included?

Yes. Lake Regional is committed to transparency. Every verified rating is included and published. We also post most comments but must exclude those that are libelous, profane or those that risk the privacy of our patients.

What Questions Do We Ask?

Lake Regional uses the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Clinician and Group Practice survey, which was developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for use in hospitals and medical practices nationwide. The surveys ask patients to evaluate how well their physician 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 below questions 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?

Industry best practice is clear that more data provides 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. With time, as we receive more surveys, the number of rated physicians will increase.

A physician’s rating will be posted on the site only when he/she has a minimum of 30 completed surveys.

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

No. Only patients having an outpatient visit by a Lake Regional physician may be selected to receive a survey. The results are based entirely from patients who have actually been treated by the physician.

How is patient information protected?

Patient names are not displayed through the online ratings and commentary reviews. All personally identifiable information is removed before display.