The Real Cause of Physician Burnout

Check this out.  What you will see is an important reminder of an obvious fact. Here, our friend The Country Doctor explains that it is not hard work, but inappropriate work, that causes physicians to burnout. Why, he asks, are all the non-physician players in healthcare encouraged to work “at the top of their licenses,” while doctors are left to do the grunt work at the bottom of theirs?

Bottom Line. As the doctor reasonably summarizes, “I find the priorities of modern primary care bewildering.”  Thinking back to my Ph.D. program in Industrial Psychology, I am very prone to agree with him. If an “efficiency expert” were called in to look at primary care in the US in 2021, what would his reaction be?  Dismay?

Here’s a better question.  Why hasn’t an efficiency expert been called in???

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