Results of Physicians Foundation survey troubling

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The Physicians Foundation says that the key takeaway message from its fifth ‘Biennial Physician Survey’ is that “physicians are struggling to maintain morale levels, adapt to changing delivery and payment models, and to provide patients with reasonable access to care.”

The Physicians Foundation stresses that, “While respondents agreed the most satisfying part of their job is the patient relationship, about two-thirds said third-party intrusions detract from the quality of care they can provide.”

It also notes that, “Even more striking, [is that] nearly half (49 percent) of survey respondents say they are either often or always feeling burnt out. This may lead to shifting practice patterns that could reduce the physician workforce by tens of thousands of full-time equivalents (FTEs).”

The Physicians Foundation says that more 17,000 physicians took the survey.

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