Which physicians are satisfied with their careers? 10 quick facts

Certain circumstances may alleviate some stress on physicians, leading to higher satisfaction rates.

Jackson Healthcare gathered surveys and data on a broad range of topics related to U.S. physicians, including physician outlook satisfaction, in its "Physician Trends 2016 Report."

1. Compared to 69 percent in 2011, 64 percent of physicians reported they would pursue a medical career again in 2014.1

2. More than half of physicians report suffering from burnout.2

3. Those physicians who are satisfied are more likely to be between 25 years old and 44 years old.3

4. Satisfied physicians likely work eight hours daily.

5. Those physicians who are satisfied are more likely employed, with no experience in private practice.

6. Satisfied physicians likely have more patients with private insurance.

7. In contrast, dissatisfied physicians are more likely between 45 years old and 65 years old.

8. Dissatisfied physicians tend to work more than eight hours daily.

9. Dissatisfied physicians are more likely to own an independent practice.

10. Those physicians who are dissatisfied will more likely report they lost patients because of the ACA.

References:
1. Physician Compensation Report 2015, Medscape Medical News

2. Shanafelt TD, Hasan O, Dyrbye LN. "Changes in Burnout and Satisfaction with Work-Life Balance in Physicians and the General US Working Population Between 2011 and 2014." Mayo Clinic Proceed 2015.

3. Jackson Healthcare Survey of 1,572 physicians between April 18, 2014 and June 5, 2014.

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