Navigation Links
Health clinic conditions may be to blame for decrease in primary care physicians
Date:7/8/2009

MAYWOOD Adverse work conditions may be to blame for the decline in the number of primary care physicians nationwide, according to a study published in the latest issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

"Unfavorable work conditions are associated with stress, burnout and intent to leave for primary care physicians," said Dr. Anita Varkey, study author and assistant professor in the department of medicine, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. "These factors contribute to poor job satisfaction, which is among the reasons we are seeing a decrease in the number of primary care physicians."

The Association of American Medical Colleges estimates that the overall shortage of doctors may grow to 124,400 by 2025.

"There are not enough primary care physicians to meet current needs," said Varkey, who also is medical director of the general medicine clinic at Loyola Outpatient Center, Loyola University Health System. "These findings suggest that a chaotic clinic environment may further exacerbate this problem and potentially lead to lower quality of patient care due to physician turnover and lack of continuity in care."

Data for this study were collected from 422 family practitioners and general internists and 1,795 of their adult patients with diabetes, hypertension or heart failure at 119 clinics in New York and the Midwest. Study participants were asked about perception of clinic workflow (time pressure and pace), work control, organizational culture, physician satisfaction, stress, burnout and intent to leave practice.

More than half of the physicians (53.1 percent) reported time pressure during office visits, 48.1 percent said their work pace was chaotic, 78.4 percent noted low control over their work and 26.5 percent reported burnout. Adverse workflow (time pressure and chaotic environments), low work control and unfavorable organizational culture were strongly associated with low physician satisfaction, high stress, burnout and intent to leave. Some work conditions also were associated with lower quality of patient care and more errors, but findings were inconsistent across work conditions and medical diagnoses.

The authors indicated that interventions in primary care clinics should target measures to reduce physician burnout, clinic chaos and work control measures. A healthier workplace for physicians may result in better recruitment and retention of primary care physicians, which may then translate to higher quality patient care.

"While further research is needed, health care reform strategies should consider the role that work environment plays in physician job satisfaction and quality of patient care," Varkey added.

Varkey is an internist who specializes in primary care, preventive medicine and women's health. She sees patients at Loyola Outpatient Center.


'/>"/>

Contact: Nora Plunkett
nplunkett@lumc.edu
708-216-6268
Loyola University Health System
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Lupus Foundation of America Accepting Letters of Intent for Research Grants on Adult Stem Cell Research and Health-Related Quality of Life in Pediatric Lupus
2. American Optometric Association Supports New Federal Health Report Findings: Vision Screening Methods for Seniors are Lacking
3. Omega-3s Benefit Heart Attack Survivors, Healthy Adults, Mothers and Infants
4. HEALTHCARE DESIGN.09 Adds a New Construction and Engineering Track
5. BullMarket.com Updates Outlook on Healthcare IT Stocks
6. Health Caregivers and Allies to Rally 5 p.m. Weds. in Fremont
7. Health Club Media Network Acquires the Alloy Fitness Network
8. Perot Systems Selected to Implement Health Information Systems in China
9. Latest Studies Show Junk Drinks Pose as Many Health Threats as Junk Food According to AquaHydrate Medical Advisor
10. Concierge Medicine Takes Front Seat with Health Care Reform Uncertainty
11. CenTrak Releases New Temperature Tag for Healthcare
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/2/2016)... , ... May 02, 2016 , ... As directed by ... of Pennsylvania (HAP) issues its full support to allow certified nurse practitioners (CNP) to ... after they have worked under such supervision for three years and 3,600 hours. , ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... May 02, 2016 , ... Eating Recovery Center’s ... eating, mood and anxiety disorders, has rebranded its eating disorder program under a new ... eating disorder treatment facility on May 16. , To celebrate, ERC Chicago will ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... May 02, 2016 , ... The National Resident ... Main Residency Match® (“the Match”), the system through which U.S. and international medical ... record-high 30,750 positions were placed in the 2016 Match, and 29,572 were filled ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... May 02, 2016 , ... East Los Angeles dentist , ... can visit Dr. Assili to receive any dental extraction treatment for $40 off the ... June 30, 2016. With the lower price, patients can more easily afford extractions to ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... May 02, 2016 , ... Zitter Health Insights ... Patient Satisfaction Award that will recognize specialty pharmacies for their achievements in customer ... Insights’ Specialty Pharmacy Patient Satisfaction Survey compiled throughout 2016. Results will be published ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/2/2016)...  While nearly three-quarters of Americans (71%) are aware ... health, only about half report taking any steps to ... a new survey announced today by Hologic (Nasdaq: ... Osteoporosis Month, Hologic is raising awareness of this major ... Americans. Osteoporosis is a disease that causes ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... 29, 2016 Acquisition Expands ... Product Development Capabilities in North America ... . Indegene ( http://www.indegene.com ), ... acquisition of Skura Corporation,s life science business. Skura,s ... sales enablement technology for life science organizations and ...
(Date:4/28/2016)...  While Abbott,s announced purchase of St. Jude ... and stent business, healthcare research firm Kalorama Information ... into patient monitoring.  Kalorama said that patient monitoring ... with double-digit growth expected the next 5 years, ... Patient Monitoring . Abbott Laboratories agreed to ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: