Physicians today are being asked to see more patients and complete more administrative tasks than ever before. And this is before EMRs are thrown into the mix, and all of the regulation faced in New York State. This environment is taking a toll on our physicians.
Over 1,500 New York State Physicians were surveyed last year with startling findings:
There is an impact on the delivery system when our physicians are burned out or over stressed. This includes systemic and patient issues, financial issues, and personal issues for the physician.
Physician Burnout is most strongly correlated with the following three variables:
*More control over workload is actually the strongest variable related to higher job satisfaction (r=.0497, p <0.001)
Practice location is not significantly related to physician burnout or satisfaction. This affects all physicians, not only the private / employed / inpatient / outpatient / specialist / generalist physician. Also, proficiency with an electronic medical record does NOT significantly impact burnout. In fact, of the top 10 work stressors of NYS physicians, 80% are organizational/systemically based.
What is MCMS Doing About This?
MCMS and MSSNY fight every day to improve the lives of our community’s physicians. We address the needs of physicians in two ways: systemic issues facing physicians, and how to support physicians’ acute needs and promote wellness.
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