Yesterday we posted about the costs that come with burnout of healthcare professionals, including nurses. Today, we’ll focus on the same issues affecting physicians.
This article in the New York Times is a good primer: https://www.nytimes.com/…/taking-care-of-the-physician.html…
NICHE also has a personal connection to two similar stories:
– An Indianapolis-hospital-based female pediatrician was “counseled” by her employer to see more patients. A figure of one every 15 minutes was suggested, which worked out to 31 per day with 15 minutes for lunch. The doctor found that this was only possible if she did her dictations after hours or from home. She is frustrated and feeling burned out at a young age.
– A local Internist faced the same quota, a patient every 15 minutes, with dictation and coding in the mix. The patient population included aged patients and many for whom English was a second or even third language. It was not possible to provide good care to this group under this program, and the doctor quit to work elsewhere more independently.
The findings of the Times article are clear and visible locally. As a study from ResearchGate (https://www.researchgate.net/…/311449975_Controlled_Interve…) shows, it is not an individual problem; it is the institution that must address staff levels and support.