Nurses and Physician Assistants Happier than Physicians

(Market Watch) WALTHAM, Mass., May 23, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — The overall wellbeing score of physicians is significantly lower than that of non-physician providers, per QuantiaMD’s monthly national Physician Wellbeing Index. QuantiaMD continually takes the pulse of its clinician members to explore trends and timely correlations, and provide appropriate resources aimed at improving physician wellbeing. View the results at http://www.quantiamd.com/player/tvwdzqfg .

Recent industry studies tying physician health to patient care outcomes underscore the importance of these findings and highlight the need for physicians to maintain a healthy work/life balance in order to provide optimal patient care. When asked about their wellbeing, QuantiaMD physicians often cite long work days, job-related stress, reduced reimbursements and less time with family. Some illustrative responses from physicians include:

— “I don’t have time to exercise regularly and am exhausted after seeing patients and dealing with paperwork and regulations all day.”

— “I have many student loans that make saving and retirement planning nearly impossible.”

— “Mental drain from a full day of patients occasionally takes too much of a toll.”

— “Compensation has reduced by approximately 50% in the past year.”

Conversely, other healthcare providers cite strong connections with friends and family and work/life balance as reasons why they report higher wellbeing. Telling responses include:

— “I created a healthy work/life balance by reducing work hours.” – Nurse Practitioner

— “I follow a good diet and get as much exercise as my day will allow.” – Physician Assistant

— “I have realized not to sweat little things and prioritize.” — Registered Nurse

“This Index is the only measure of its kind in which physicians are engaging on such a massive scale,” said Glenn Treisman, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “QuantiaMD has developed a very deep relationship and earned the trust of a substantial number of doctors and clinicians, and thusly has been able to acquire honest feedback on a very personal topic: their own wellbeing.”

“No one needs another misery index, especially physicians,” said Michael Paskavitz, Editor in Chief of QuantiaMD. “The purpose of the Physician Wellbeing Index–or any measure, really–is to find out where physicians are hurting or wanting and provide them with education, advice, support, tools, resources and opportunities to improve how they are doing. Our motive for doing this is our immovable belief that well physicians deliver the best care and service to their patients.”

About the Physician Wellbeing Index

The Physician Wellbeing Index is presented as a monthly measurement of four pillars of wellbeing — physical, mental, financial and social health — allowing clinicians to monitor their wellbeing and compare it to their colleagues across the country. QuantiaMD then provides tailored educational content, expert advice, tools and services aimed at improving wellbeing within its Physician Wellbeing community. Several thousand clinicians participating in the survey complete a concise instrument on a mobile device or computer and are then given the opportunity to elaborate on their answers.

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