The objective of this study was to identify factors that affect overall satisfaction of patients admitted to the emergency department (ED). All consecutive adult patients in the ED during a 14-day period who could communicate well were enrolled into this cross-sectional analytic study. Patients' demographic data, information on care, and level of satisfaction were recorded. Patients were asked to rate specific issues concerning their satisfaction (good and excellent) on a 5-point Likert scale. Response to the survey was obtained from 1019 (91.6%.) of 1113 patients for analysis during the study. Satisfaction with physician experience, physician attitude, triage, explanation of health status and treatment, and discharge instructions were found to have significant impact on satisfaction (P < .001 for each). Satisfaction with physician experience level was the most important factor affecting overall satisfaction. Patient perception of the total time spent in the ED as "short" and "very short" was not demonstrated to be significantly related to overall satisfaction (P = .162). Temporal perceptions as "long" and "very long" were shown to be significantly related to overall satisfaction (P < .001). Behavioral characteristics of the healthcare providers and the hospital itself were the factors that had the greatest impact on overall satisfaction of the ED population evaluated.