Report: Primary Care Physicians Suffering From Burn Out, It’s Getting Worse

April 16, 2018 - 8:00 am

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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- There is a major issue today in medicine and it is going largely unnoticed.

According to a new report in the journal of the American Medical Association, primary care physicians from throughout the country are suffering burn out and it’s getting worse.

According to the article, there is a close link between technological interventions and professional burnout among physicians.

Medicine is becoming more and more computerized and the number of electronic health record functions correlates directly with greater stress and lower physician satisfaction.

Closely following up on the list include increased patient visit volume, staff support shortages, perceptions about compensation, the excessive burden of administrative and clerical tasks, and institutional culture.

In other words, the work setting is getting worse and the thing they like to do the most, spending time with patients, is being reduced.