In an effort to change healthcare we forgot about doctors

  • 80% of physicians are at full capacity or are overextended.
  • 62% are pessimistic about the future of medicine.
  • 78% sometimes, often or always experience feelings of burnout.
  • 23% of physician time is spent on non-clinical paperwork.
  • 31% of physicians’ patients do not consistently adhere to their treatment plans
  • 88% of physicians indicate that some, many or all of their patients have a social situation (poverty, unemployment, etc.) that poses a serious impediment to their health. Only 1% of physicians indicate that none of their patients have a social situation that poses a serious impediment to their health.

In the discussions about changing healthcare it looks like a lot of people are forgetting about physicians.  Physicians, it seems, are over extended but while they indicate patient relationships are their greatest source of professional satisfaction electronic health records (EHR) are their greatest source of professional dissatisfaction.

An alarming statistic from this research? 62% of physicians are pessimistic about the future of medicine and 55% describe their morale as somewhat or very negative and 78% sometimes, often or always experience feelings of burnout.

What does this mean?

1ne: Our healthcare system is seriously broken eve with HCP’s.

2wo: EHR vendors have failed to satisfy their audiences and have not reduced administrative doctor time.

3hree: The AMA is NOT doing enough to help HCP manage their stress and career burnout.

4our: Patients may not be getting the best care because doctors are too stressed and burnt out to go that extra distance.

Finally; great patient outcomes really do matter, but there is too much distraction between doctors and patients.  

You can download the survey here

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