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August 02, 2016 13:13 ET

National Survey Finds Doctors Feel Overworked and Want More Time With Patients

Doctors Are Also Suffering From Poor Work/Life Balance, According to Locumstory.com

SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(Marketwired - August 02, 2016) - According to a new national study from locumstory.com, nearly two-thirds of physicians feel more overworked now compared to when they first started their careers. In contrast, only 13 percent say they are less overworked now than at the beginning of their careers.

The study found that overexertion is felt strongly across all practice types and that most physicians have poor work-life balance. Thirty-nine percent of them don't think their facility supports a healthy work-life balance.

"As advocates of physicians, we wanted to gauge and understand the pains they feel as the healthcare landscape continues to evolve," said Bill Heller, president of Weatherby Healthcare, one of the supporters of locumstory.com. "It is important that healthcare employers understand the challenges facing physicians and we all work to find solutions that will keep physicians from leaving medicine."

Additional findings from the study include:

Free time is declining: The lack of balance is a result of physicians spending more time at work. The survey found that nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of doctors feel they have less free time now than when they began their careers. This extra time is often spent doing paperwork and entering information into electronic health records, with 22 percent of physicians spending more than an hour each day on paperwork alone.

Physicians are not satisfied with time spent with patients: The time devoted to paperwork is cutting into time with patients. More than half of doctors (58 percent) spend less time with patients now than they did when they started their careers. In addition, most physicians (59 percent) want to communicate with their patients in person rather than through text, email or other forms of digital communication.

More physicians are considering leaving the medical field: More than half of the physicians (55 percent) reported having considered quitting the medical field in recent years. Of those doctors, the majority (68 percent) indicated it was due to spending too much time entering data into electronic health records.

Physicians are taking secondary jobs: More than one-third of respondents (41 percent) have taken additional positions to supplement their income in the last few years, mainly because they've experienced a decrease in primary income. Locum tenens positions (21 percent) are the most popular way physicians choose to make additional money, followed by moonlighting (15 percent) and consulting (13 percent).

This study was conducted through an email survey polling approximately 1,000 doctors in private practice, hospital-based practice and other practice types throughout all medical disciplines across the United States. The survey was conducted by Hanover Research on behalf of locumstory.com to determine physician attitudes about their workload and how their workload affects their overall well-being and their opinion of the medical profession.

To view the complete report and an infographic, visit www.locumstory.com/physicianworkload.

About locumstory.com
Locumstory.com is an initiative to educate why locum tenens is an integral and growing part of the healthcare industry. The site is sponsored by CHG Healthcare Services, parent company of CompHealth and Weatherby Healthcare two of the largest physician staffing companies in the United States. CHG is ranked No. 18 on Fortune magazine's list of "100 Best Companies to Work For."

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