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International Journal of Service Industry Management

ISSN: 0956-4233
Currently published as: Journal of Service Management

Online from: 1990

Subject Area: Industry and Public Sector Management

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Customer stress-relaxation: the impact of music in a hospital waiting room


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Title:Customer stress-relaxation: the impact of music in a hospital waiting room
Author(s):David A. Tansik, (Department of Management and Policy, College of Business and Public Administration, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA), Robert Routhieaux, (Department of Management, College of Business, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina, USA)
Citation:David A. Tansik, Robert Routhieaux, (1999) "Customer stress-relaxation: the impact of music in a hospital waiting room", International Journal of Service Industry Management, Vol. 10 Iss: 1, pp.68 - 81
Keywords:Customer satisfaction, Customer surveys, Hospitals, Music
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/09564239910255389 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:This study investigated the impact of music on customers, persons waiting for surgery patients, in a hospital’s surgery waiting room; an inherently stressful environment. These persons are customers of the hospital in that they are using the hospital’s services, are typically involved in the decision to use the hospital for the patient’s surgery, and are often responsible for financial payments. In self-reports from persons using the waiting room, the use of music was related to decreased stress and increased relaxation in comparison to times when no music was utilized. This improved mood state was not, however, correlated with better evaluations by these individuals of the quality of the hospital’s services or of improved perceptions that the hospital was meeting expectations concerning its overall service delivery. These findings contribute to the ongoing research concerning the role of atmospherics or ambience of a service system in customers’ quality/satisfaction evaluations.



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