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Physician Burnout

Are you feeling burnt out?  Well, you’re not alone.

There have been several nationwide, cross-specialty surveys that have shown that physicians are struggling with burnout.  One such survey of over 2000 physicians “found that almost 87 percent of respondents felt moderately to severely stressed and burned out on an average day, and almost 63 percent admitted feeling more stressed and burned out now than they did 3 years ago.” 

According to another survey of 13,575 physicians from across the nation, 80% of physicians rated the professional morale of physicians they know as somewhat or very negative.  Almost 60% of these same physicians rated their own morale as somewhat or very negative.

60% of these physicians also said that they would retire today, a 15% increase from 2008.  In reality, only 13% indicated that they actually PLAN to retire in the next three years.

Physicians list paperwork, long hours, and bureaucracy as some of the reasons for this decline in morale.  A Health Leaders article quotes Walker Ray as saying that “The problem to summarize it is there is an imperative now for physicians to care for more patients, to provide higher perceived quality at less cost with increased tracking and reporting demands in an environment of high liability and problematic reimbursements”.

We believe that shared medical appointments can help.

Shared medical appointments allow physicians to see more patients in a more cost-effective way.  When shared medical appointments are run right, the EMR record is complete and closed by the end of the appointment.  This means that physicians are not working after hours to complete the documentation.

Overall, physicians practicing SMAs report higher job satisfaction. They enjoy the time with the patients, the extra time freed up during the week, and the improved efficiency and productivity of the practice.  They are less burnt out.

Read more about the many benefits of SMAs for providers.  You may just find that although this is not the only solution to decreasing physician burnout, it brings us all one step closer.