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[inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”” suffix=””] electronic health records (EHR) are their greatest source of professional dissatisfaction.[/inlinetweet]

An alarming statistic from this research?[inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”” suffix=””] 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.[/inlinetweet]

What does this mean?

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

2wo: [inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”” suffix=””]EHR vendors have failed to satisfy their audiences and have not reduced administrative doctor time.[/inlinetweet]

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; [inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”” suffix=””] great patient outcomes really do matter, but there is too much distraction between doctors and patients.  [/inlinetweet]

You can download the survey here