By MDVIP Inc., April 2018
Primary care physicians serve as healthy role models for their patients. But doctors don’t always practice what they preach. From sleep issues and high stress to poor diet and weight problems, traditional primary care doctors report in the national MDVIP Physician Health Survey that the demands of their medical practices are negatively impacting their lives–which can affect the care they provide their patients.
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- Survey Results – 83 percent of doctors say they wish they had more time with their patients. Read the press release from the MDVIP Physician Health Survey >>
- Infographic – Three out of four doctors surveyed say work stress prevents them from getting enough sleep. See other survey highlights in this infographic >>
- Doctor Transforms His Health
Ten years ago, he was 40 pounds heavier and at the end of his rope. Then he changed the way he practices. Read about an MDVIP affiliate’s journey to becoming a healthier role model >>
By Andrea Klemes, DO, FACE | Medical Economics | April 7, 2018
There’s a growing and critical health epidemic running rampant in doctors’ offices today that requires triage, treatment and a dramatic change in how primary care physicians practice medicine. The condition is physician burnout and the symptoms are severe. According to a recent survey of U.S. primary care doctors conducted by Ipsos and MDVIP, more than half said they’ve seriously considered changing their work situation due to professional stress, and 40 percent have even contemplated quitting medicine. Three out of four report not getting enough sleep or exercise, while more than half are overweight or obese. Eighty-three percent say the overall demands of the medical profession not only impact their ability to spend as much time with patients as they’d like, but also significantly impact their personal life.
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