Well-functioning workplaces that promote trust, communication and quality over productivity minimize physicians’ burnout and their desire to leave medical practice, according to a recent AHRQ-funded study in Health Affairs. Concerns about job satisfaction among physicians have increased in recent years following changes to reimbursement rules, pressures to adopt electronic records and demands for high productivity. To understand more, researchers examined data from 168 clinicians in 34 clinics. At baseline, 74 percent of respondents indicated that they were satisfied with their jobs (scoring 3.5 or higher on 5-point satisfaction scale). One year later, researchers found that clinicians whose satisfaction had increased were more likely to report better scores on measures of burnout and less likely to want to leave practice. The findings confirmed that clinician satisfaction is related to work conditions that can be modified and is an important metric for clinical practices to measure, researchers concluded. Access the abstract.
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