The Physicians Foundation Survey Finds NC Doctors Are Disillusioned

The Physicians Foundation’s 2018 survey of nearly 9,000 U.S. physicians across the country examines the impact of poverty on health care outcomes, practice patterns, career plans, how physicians are responding to the opioid crisis and perspectives of today’s physicians. About 340 North Carolina physicians responded to the survey, and while most of the North Carolina specific results mirror the nationwide attitudes, the North Carolina respondents tended to feel more disillusioned with the current state of the medical profession than their counterparts elsewhere.

The results for our state show that over 64 percent of North Carolina physicians responding to the survey feel somewhat or very negative about professional morale and the current state of practice as opposed to 55 percent of physicians nationwide feeling that way. Read and compare all the North Carolina survey results with the national results.

Some highlighted insights from the survey overall include:

  • 69 percent of respondents are prescribing fewer opioids in response to the opioid crisis.
  • Nearly 90 percent of physicians say their patients have a serious health condition linked to poverty or other social conditions.
  • 78 percent of physicians feel burned out at least sometimes with only 12 percent reporting that they rarely or never feel burned out.
  • The two things physicians dislike most about medical practice today are electronic health records (EHRs) and loss of clinical autonomy.

Read the full report.


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