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The Dimensions of the Quality Perceived by Users in a Clinical Analysis Laboratory of A University Hospital

Raquel Lara Furlan


Luiz Rodrigo Cunha Moura


Cristiana Trindade Ituassu


Nina Rosa da Silveira Cunha

Raquel Lara Furlan 1
Luiz Rodrigo Cunha Moura 2

Cristiana Trindade Ituassu 3
Nina Rosa da Silveira Cunha 4

  1. Master in Business Una Universitary Center, Belo Horizonte; Researcher, Una Universitary Center, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. 1

  2. PhD in Business Minas Gerais Federal University, Belo Horizonte, Brasil. Business Departament, Fundação Pedro Leopoldo, Pedro Leopoldo, Brazil. 2

  3. PhD in Business Getulio Vargas Foundation, Sao Paulo Brasil. Business Departament, Minas Gerais Federal University, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. 3

  4. PhD in Economics Vicosa Federal University, Vicosa, Brasil. Business Departament, Vicosa Federal University, Vicosa, Brazil. 4

Pages: 343-359

DOI: 10.18488/journal.62.2020.76.343.359

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Received: 04 June, 2020
Revised: 08 July, 2020
Accepted: 12 August, 2020
Published: 01 September, 2020


The perception of the user has been regarded as a sensitive indicator of the quality of health service. In addition, incorporating the vision of the user in the planning of the service is acting within the guidelines of humanization and popular participation recommended by the Single System of Health - SUS. These considerations motivated to carry out an investigation of the perception of quality of Service of Laboratory Medicine of Clinical Hospital of the Federal University of Minas Gerais - HC-UFMG - by its users. It was sought to identify the dimensions of quality associated with the Laboratory, from the perspective of the SUS’s user. 22 in-depth interviews were performed with users and two with managers. The data obtained were subjected to content analysis five dimensions of quality in the lab were found: the humanized care, efficiency in care, confidence in the quality of the laboratory, the comfort of the collection place and the cost. There was a consistency in the testimonies which allows considering that the service of Laboratory Medicine of HC-UFMG is well evaluated regarding size acceptance and trust, but it does not do a very good job when taken into account the efficiency of care - considered time consuming - and the comfort of the collection place. Also, as a result of the research, there are the subsidies for the development of a data collection instrument for assessing the quality perceived by the users of the Clinical Analysis Laboratories.
Contribution/ Originality
This study contributes to the existing literature addressing the attributes considered by patients from clinical laboratories in their process of evaluating the quality of services provided. Thus, from the results obtained, it is possible to create an instrument to measure the quality of services offered, especially for clinical analysis laboratories.


Clinical analysis laboratory, Quality in health services, Marketing on health, Service’ attributes, Quality evaluation.


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