Satisfied physicians lead to better patient care, according to study.
By Admin | June 27, 2016
If the goal is happy patients, then doctors need to be taken care of first.
A study conducted by the American Medical Association in conjunction with RAND Health reports a few of the barriers between physicians and job satisfaction, including complications with electronic health records, payers, and income stability.
Externally imposed regulations also irked many physicians and practice managers, having negative effects on their overall satisfaction, specifically “meaningful use” rules for electronic health records.
However, physicians generally agreed with the concept of electronic health records, although they found the data entry aspect time consuming. In fact, they felt it impacted the amount of time they spent with patients, something that was already too short.
Thirty physician practices from six states were surveyed and given semistructured interviews for the study.
Friedberg, Mark W., Peggy G. Chen, Kristin R. Van Busum, Frances Aunon, Chau Pham, John P. Caloyeras, Soeren Mattke, Emma Pitchforth, Denise D. Quigley, Robert H. Brook, F. Jay Crosson and Michael Tutty. Factors Affecting Physician Professional Satisfaction and Their Implications for Patient Care, Health Systems, and Health Policy. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2013. http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR439.html. Also available in print form.