First Advisor

Finn, Cris

Thesis Committee Member(s)

McCallum, Colleen


Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice


Loretto Heights School of Nursing

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

82 pages


Variables related to scripted communication and patient satisfaction was studied. Patients who were admitted to the hospital and had inpatient status considered for the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) patient satisfaction survey. Inclusion criteria for the study population were if the patient was not a newborn, deceased, a ward of the state, or a No Publicity patient. The HCAHPS survey was only sent every 90 days per The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (CRMC, 2012). The independent variable was scripted communication with the use of AIDET (Acknowledge, Introduce, Duration, Explanation, Thanking) measured by the HCAHPS survey. The dependent variable was patient satisfaction. This Capstone project increased physicians, nurses, and hospital awareness of patient centered communication directly impacts patient satisfaction.

Date of Award

Summer 2013

Location (Creation)

Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)

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