Quality care is what people expect to receive from physicians. However, we don’t likely think about what might impact a physician’s ability to provide this care. Doctors are part of a profession that is one of the most respected in this country – and, indeed, all around the world. As difficult as it is to get into and complete medical school, that difficulty often escalates once the physician begins to live with the day-to-day, 24/7 pressures of being a doctor.
A recent article in Healthcare Finance News reported that more physicians feel the stresses of their profession than ever before and that the impact of that stress is often underestimated. Not only did 87 percent of respondents to a Physician Wellness survey say they were moderately-to-severely stressed/burned out on an average day, but also 63 percent said they felt more stressed out than they were three years ago.
The modern physician faces questions from all sides including: Are his or her care choices medically appropriate … efficient … cost-effective? How is the Affordable Care Act going to impact where and how physicians work? Physicians face increasing complexity in treatment decisions, along with decreases in autonomy and control. Frustration can seem an inevitable byproduct.