Editor's note: We work hard to write about issues that will help physicians run their practices in a manner that is both prosperous and efficient, while still delivering quality patient care. And we are delighted when our readers let us know what they are thinking. This month we are excerpting an article and slideshow that were written about the escalating problem of physician burnout. The articles have been edited for space and are followed by comments made by readers at PhysiciansPractice.com.
10 REVEALING QUOTES ON PHYSICIAN BURNOUT
Physicians are trained to be autonomous problem solvers. But that ability to function independently can be a downfall when it comes to dealing with workplace stress. Government mandates, awkward EHR technology, and quality reporting requirements are just making it harder to do what physicians do best: treat patients.
Most likely you have your own opinions about the stresses and challenges of being a physician. Don't be shy, tell us what you think in the comment section below. In the meantime, here's what our experts in the field have to say.
Stanley says: Medicine began as an art. We had limited diagnostic and therapeutic tools. An orange was an orange because it looked and tasted like an orange. Then Medicine became a science. The PDR grew; we had multiple sophisticated diagnostic tools, epidemiology studies, and effective therapy. An orange was an orange because the DNA sequence of the hairpin loop of the polyribosome was ACTG. This transition we all applaud! Now medicine is a business. An orange is an orange because I can do 47 tests and charge $607.35 to prove it is an orange: but I have to constantly reassure my patients and myself that we are more important than the computer. The humanism in medicine is gone and with it the satisfaction. No wonder we "burn out"! Nothing to balance the stress!
Tamzin writes: Medical care is not a proper function of government. I think the legislative, executive, and judicial branches should have to code everything they do. There should be a limited allowance for their "vacations." A citizen corps of checkers and monitors should shadow them daily. Also, no pay when they are absent from the job, and when they miss votes.
Government needs to be much smaller, so that they cannot hand out favors. The level of corruption in the USA is horrifying. Time for the docs to check out. Hey Hillary, you're being paged to the ER! There's a guy down here with DKA you need to see. And you, Obama, looks like an acute CVA in room 2.