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Providing high quality of care drives physician satisfaction, US study says

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 14 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6198
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

US physicians report they are more satisfied with their work when they see themselves as providing high quality care, and view factors that create obstacles to delivering quality of care as a major source of professional dissatisfaction, according to a study.1

The study, which was commissioned by the American Medical Association and conducted by the RAND corporation, sought to identify practice models that will improve healthcare delivery “that are more effective, efficient, sustainable, and conducive to professional satisfaction.”

For the project, the RAND researchers studied 30 primary care, single, and multispecialty physician practices, both large and small, in six states. They interviewed 220 physicians, practice leaders, and staff and surveyed an additional 447 physicians in the practices.

The two most important findings, the researchers write, were …

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