Customer Satisfaction in the Metropolitan Ambulance Service

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Stewart, Scott Ian (2001) Customer Satisfaction in the Metropolitan Ambulance Service. Research Master thesis, Victoria University.


The field of customer satisfaction is complex and lacks clarity. Any technique that can bring order and predicability to the field is keenly sought. The partial least square methodology (PLSM) is a new means of modelling and predicting future outcomes. This research uses the partial least square modelling methodology to investigate and model the satisfaction of users of the Metropolitan Ambulance Service, Melbourne (MAS). The theories of Customer Satisfaction were reviewed then a definition of the concept established. The current state of the MAS was briefly discussed and the PLSM methodology was defined. Data collected from the MAS customer population was analysed by the PLSM method and by traditional statistical methods for comparative purposes. The results of the research demonstrated that the PLS methodology can be successfully applied to the field of satisfaction measurement of the ambulance service customer. Whilst uniquely modelling the determinants of customer satisfaction, it agreed with work by earlier researchers that particular aspects of staff behaviour were very important for high levels of customer satisfaction in the service industries. The model predicted that changes in the satisfaction rating of the staff variable would have a significant effect on overall satisfaction and critical consequential outcomes such as reuse and re-subscription. It also predicted that the overall model of customer satisfaction of MAS users was insensitive to changes with image, cost or equipment. An unexpected finding was that perceived medical ability was strongly linked to the paramedic's professional appearance. Implications of the finding are that MAS should pay close attention in the design and maintenance of the paramedic uniform. The relationship between a paramedic's professional appearance and their medical ability as perceived by a patient should be emphasised during training and professional development days. The very high importance of staff issues such as competence, friendliness, calmness and trustworthiness in regard to customer satisfaction reaffirms MAS attention and awareness of the matter. The research needs to been repeated within MAS to give a trend over time and a measure of the effectiveness of changes. To show that the methodology is widely applicable the research should be repeated using another ambulance service.

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Master of Business

Item type Thesis (Research Master thesis)
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 350000 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Hospitality Tourism and Marketing
Keywords customer satisfaction; metropolitan ambulance service; satisfaction measurement; staff behaviour; service industries
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