Study: 5 Ways to Improve Physician Satisfaction

Shifting from a physician-centered work distribution model to a shared-care model can lead to improved physician satisfaction and greater "joy in practice," according to a report recently published in the Annals of Family Medicine.

The report, "In Search of Joy in Practice: A Report of 23 High-Functioning Primary Care Practices," outlined five specific innovations found in high-functioning physician practices across the country that lead to more-satisfied physicians who get more joy out of their jobs:

1. Reduce work through previsit planning and preappointment laboratory tests.
2. Share clinical care among team members.
3. Use scribes, non-physician order entry and streamlined prescription management.
4. Have a nurse or medical assistant filter electronic and paper information for fewer inbox messages.
5. Use team meetings, co-location and workflow mapping to improve team function.

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