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:4/26/2017)... Missouri (PRWEB) , ... April 26, 2017 , ... ... quality and clinical outcomes, today released the podcast, “Make Plans for MACRA,” ... bringing value-based payment into the physician's office and how physicians and other clinicians ...
(Date:4/26/2017)... ... April 26, 2017 , ... ... ATA 2017 President’s Awards recipients, comprised of organizations and individuals who have ... , The ATA 2017 President’s Awards recognize individuals and organizations on the ...
(Date:4/26/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... April 26, 2017 , ... Datos ... a new partnership with Med-e-Mass , the largest Electronic Medical Records (EMR) provider ... to link care plan incentives to a patient’s remote health progress, empowering the patient ...
(Date:4/26/2017)... ... April 26, 2017 , ... The ... Excellence upon National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and welcomes this ... said Dr. Jan G. West, Ph.D. , CEO & Organizational Psychologist at ...
(Date:4/26/2017)... Miami, FL (PRWEB) , ... April 26, 2017 , ... ... twenty-fifth anniversary as a dentist. , “I could have never imagined back in 1991 ... and personally,” said Dr. Gallardo. , Over the last 25 years, Dr. Gallardo has ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/20/2017)... -- Eyevensys, a private biotechnology company developing ... technology that enables the safe, local, sustained production of ... range of ophthalmic diseases, announces it has received approval ... (MHRA) to advance its technology into clinical development. ... The EyeCET platform ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the ... Market Analysis By Service (Manufacturing, Research), By Country, (Brazil, Mexico, ... report to their offering. ... The Latin American pharmaceutical contract manufacturing services market ... Low drug registration cost in Latin American countries and ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... Cardiology devices segment is anticipated to reach the ... Cardiology Devices segment is likely to create absolute $ opportunity ... over 2017. By the end of 2027, Cardiology Devices segment ... 700 Mn, expanding at a CAGR of 18.4% over the ... Asia Pacific reprocessed medical devices market in terms ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: