Nov 14, 2018
Who is that man or woman in the white coat? What is he/she
thinking as you are being examined or operated on? Is that
physician burned out? Suicidal? Feeling optimistic about his/her
profession? The future? There is a lot going on between the ears of
that physician that isn't devoted to healing people. Today, I
take a deep dive solo-style into the results of the comprehensive
2018 Survey of American Physicians by the Physician's
There is no shortage of insights into the lives of physicians
found within the study. Most provide data backing up a lot of what
we have been discussing in the prior episodes of the Paradocs. The
reason physicians go into medicine and stay in medicine is the
patient-physician relationship. In fact, nearly 80% of physicians
mark that as the number one point of professional satisfaction. Not
surprisingly, any impediment to the relationship becomes a very big
dissatisfier and point of contention. The two most commonly cited
were electronic health records and regulatory burden/insurance
We also get some fresh insights into the work habits of young
physicians which shows that they work more hours/week (54.73)
versus older physicians (49.8) yet see less patients per day.
Another finding is that because of the adoption of the electronic
health record, nearly 15 hours/week is spent on non-clinical
paperwork. Not only is this something to make physicians unhappy
but it significantly affects the access patients have to getting
care from doctors whether primary care or specialists.
Physicians are pessimistic about
the future of health care. Maybe it's time to triage.[/caption]
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2018 Survey of American Physicians: The comprehensive
survey of physicians' attitudes, practice types, and
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