Oregon School-Based Health Centers
Descriptive Analysis of a Patient Satisfaction Survey
Oregon’s School Based Health Centers (SBHCs) have grown from five in 1986 to the 41 state certified centers currently in operation. The centers provide developmentally appropriate primary care and behavioral health care services to elementary, middle, and high school sites. SBHC program goals include increasing student access to care, and improving both health and educational outcomes. In the 2000-2001 service year, the Oregon SBHC program began the administration of a new patient satisfaction survey designed to measure satisfaction with services, access, receipt of prevention messages, and number of missed classes. A proportional random survey sample was achieved with a 98% response rate. Results indicate that SBHC patients had high levels of satisfaction and compliance, an increased likelihood of accessing care, high levels of compliance and satisfaction with services, decreased time from school for health care reasons, and were likely to have received one or more prevention messages. This experience demonstrates how public health surveillance can be incorporated into a SBHC clinical setting with minimal disruption to services and can inform SBHC program evaluation and improvement.