How MU links to physician burnout: 5 findings from Studer Group

Meaningful use has long been a pain point for many physicians, but a recent study survey conducted by the Studer Group finds such federal regulations may contribute significantly to physician feelings of burnout.

Studer Group launched an online survey from October 2015 to December 2015 to assess physician feelings of burnout. More than 350 physicians responded.

Here are five key findings from the survey on physician burnout.

1. The majority of physicians — 90 percent — said they experience some symptoms of burnout.

2. "The healthcare environment" — including meaningful use, ICD-10 and pay for performance — was among the top three factors that contribute most to burnout.

3. The other top factors contributing the most to burnout were psychological challenges, like loss of control and too much change too quickly, and practical hurdles, like staffing and not enough time.

4. When asked what they would change if they could change something about their role, many physicians said they would want more ability to have an impact on the changes occurring in healthcare.

5. Respondents also indicated a desire to spend more time with and thinking about patients, which has long been a complaint associated with federal EHR requirements.

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