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    A hospital bullies a physician and threatens termination for her disability.

    David Edward Marcinko MBBS DPM MBA CMP®


  2. Most Physicians Report Low Morale, Burden from New Payment Models

    A majority of physicians look negatively at their profession and are increasingly burdened by new reimbursement models, according to a new survey. The Physicians Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that supports research on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on physician groups, surveyed 17,236 physicians across the U.S. on a variety of issues related to their field.

    The report highlighted low morale among a majority of physicians. Fifty-four percent of physicians rated their morale as somewhat negative or very negative and only 37% were positive about the future of their profession. This is a decrease, however, from 2012 when 68% of physicians described low morale when surveyed by the organization. Further, 49% of physicians reported always feeling burned out. The same percentage also said they wouldn’t recommend medicine as a career to their children.

    Maria Castellucci
    [Modern Healthcare 9/22/16]


  3. 74% of Americans Are Concerned About Healthcare Provider Burnout

    The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists recently survey results on patient perceptions of provider burnout. Here are some key findings:

    • 74% of Americans are concerned about burnout among healthcare professionals.
    • 1 in 4 Americans believe hospital and retail pharmacists are often burnt out.
    • 91% said it is important that their providers do whatever they can to avoid burnout.
    • 3 in 4 become concerned about their safety when their clinician looks burnt out.
    • 47% would avoid asking questions if they thought their provider appeared burnt out.

    Source: AmericanSociety of Health-System Pharmacists, June 17, 2019


  4. 35.4% of U.S. Heart Doctors Reported Burnout

    The American College of Cardiology recently released a survey on burnout among heart doctors in the U.S. Here are some key findings from the report:

    • 35.4% of heart doctors reported burnout and nearly 44% reported they were stressed.
    • Midcareer heart doctors with 8-21 years of experience most often reported burnout (45.3%).
    • 41.5% of those working more than 60 hours a week reported exhaustion and other burnout symptoms.
    • Burnout was more common in women than men, occurring in 45.3% and 33.5%, respectively.

    Source: American College of Cardiology, March 28, 2020


  5. 38% of PCPs Say They Are Maxed Out With Mental Exhaustion

    The Primary Care Collaborative recently released survey results on how primary care providers are coping with stress around COVID-19. Here are some key findings from the report:

    • 38% of primary care providers say they are maxed out with mental exhaustion.
    • 1 in 5 (21%) say their work environment is compromising safety for themselves and family.
    • 45% report their ability to bounce back and/or adjust to adversity has become limited.
    • 18% spend each week wondering if their practice or job will still be there next week.

    Source: PCPCC, July 24 2020



    I am not surprised by this information in the least. Physicians are expected to provide more and more and they are becoming more scrutinized and not as highly compensated depending on some of these business models. I think covid has exacerbated this effect and that a lot of physicians were not prepared to deliver care remotely or under different standards and this is just increased the amount of stress associated with their already very demanding jobs.



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