Factors influencing patient choice of hospitals in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Abdullah H. Al-Doghaither, Badreldin M. Abdelrhman, Abdallah A. Wahid Saeed, Mohi Eldin M.A. Magzoub

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This study examined factors considered important in choosing a hospital. The sample consisted of 303 respondents selected from five randomly selected primary health care centres. The percentages of males, highly educated, high-income level, elder and private sector employees was higher in those choosing private sector hospitals, while marital status did not relate to type of hospital. The principal component analysis identified six factors accounting for 64% of the total variance. The most important component was 'medical services' accounting for 28% of the total variance. Stepwise discriminant analysis revealed that the main factors associated with choosing a hospital were medical services, accessibility, age, sex and education. Little importance was given to income and occupation. Future recommendations outline the need for consumers' perceptions, attitudes, suggestions and concerns to be taken into consideration when marketing the services to be provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-109
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of The Royal Society for the Promotion of Health
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Hospital choice
  • Private hospitals
  • Public hospitals
  • Riyadh

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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