Why Physician Satisfaction Matters

When physicians are dissatisfied, they are more likely to be unsupportive of major healthcare reform changes and may even stop practicing medicine, according to a Health Affairs blog article.

However, the authors argue that for many of the changes to work, the "close involvement" of physicians is necessary, and improving physician satisfaction will pave the way to the ultimate success of delivery system changes.

The article, "Physician Practice Satisfaction: Why We Should Care," written by Francis J. Crosson and Lawrence Casalino, points out that physicians are being asked to do many new, non-clinical tasks and paperwork due to healthcare reform, and those tasks are major drivers of physician dissatisfaction.

The authors also cite a Community Tracking Study which found that dissatisfied physicians are two to three times more likely to leave medical practice than satisfied physicians. Any current physicians who cease practicing medicine would worsen the physician shortage that is already pervasive across the country.

Because physician satisfaction is so important to the future of healthcare, the authors argue the government, payors and hospitals should make physician satisfaction a main priority. They say increasing physicians' sense of influence over their practice environment and establishing financial stability for practicing medicine are two good goals to strive for initial physician satisfaction improvements.

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