And four more news items for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and CRNAs to peruse this week.
- HealthLeaders Media highlights measures Cleveland Clinic is taking to tackle physician burnout. In addition to its coaching and mentoring program, the multispecialty academic hospital has instituted innovative physician health initiatives and implemented a new philosophy. “We made a strategic decision when we started our efforts a couple of years ago to focus on well-being rather than burnout,” says Susan Rehm, MD, the organization’s executive director of physician health. “We prefer to focus on getting well and staying well.”
- HealthDay News shares the results of a University of Michigan poll that found just roughly half the number of patients aged 50 to 80 have established an online account with their healthcare provider. Through the poll, which included more than 2,000 older adults, researchers learned many seniors prefer interacting with their providers by phone or face-to-face, and better educated patients with higher incomes are those most likely to use Internet patient portals.
- A MultiBriefs news update states doctors who are dissatisfied with an ambulatory or hospital electronic health record (EHR) system could be unwittingly passing their views on to those in their care, resulting in a decrease in patient satisfaction. The information was gleaned from a study published last month in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. “Care must be taken during EHR implementations to maintain good communication with patients while satisfying documentation requirements,” said researchers.
- Healio Family Medicine recently spoke with Amanda K. H. Weidner, MPH, author of “Burnout and Scope of Practice in New Family Physicians,” published in the May/June 2018 edition of Annals of Family Medicine. Weidner and fellow researchers examined associations between family physician scope of practice and self-reported burnout. Analyzing 1,617 responses from the 2016 National Family Medicine Graduate Survey, they found 42 percent of respondents reported burnout more than once a week. They also learned providers practicing inpatient medicine and obstetrics were notably linked to lower odds for burnout.
- In a contribution to the Physicians Practice blog, Jeff Davidson, known as “The Work-Life Balance Expert®,” discusses strategies to help physicians realize personal and professional gains. Among his recommendations for providers who want to make progress in achieving objectives and feel positive about their career and life: every now and then, zag while everyone else zigs and honor your dreams, not your comfort zone.