Geneia Survey Emergency Medicine Physicians Are Miserable Too


October 26, 2015

Harrisburg, PAGeneia, a company of experienced change agents creating analytic and technology solutions to improve healthcare, today revealed the findings from its nationwide survey of more than 300 emergency medicine physicians who practice medicine full time – they are a bit more miserable than their colleagues.

This survey expands upon one earlier this year in which Geneia found that physicians as a whole score a 3.7 out of 5 on the Physician Misery Index, indicating the scales have tipped from satisfaction to misery. And the newly released results indicate that emergency medicine physicians are even less happy, scoring a 3.9 on the index.

Additional findings include:

  • 92% of emergency medicine doctors say the “business and regulation of healthcare” has changed the practice of medicine for the worse
  • 67% say they have considered career options outside of clinical practice as the result of burnout compared with 51% of their colleagues

The survey also offered insight into ways to restore the Joy of Medicine to emergency physicians:

  • 93% say they are less frustrated in cases where an advance directive is easily accessible
  • 85% agree, ‘when a patient says they have an advance directive, it helps me deliver better quality of patient care’
  • 88% agree that family members are more satisfied with the medical care when patients’ wishes are known and communicated in an advance directive
  • 54% volunteer the word “relief” to describe their reaction to learning a patient has an accessible advance directive in place

“Despite the epidemic levels of frustration and burnout among emergency medicine physicians, advance directives offer real hope for restoring their Joy of Medicine,” said Heather Lavoie, Geneia’s President & Chief Operating Officer. "That’s why we are so proud of the work we are doing with the Geneia Joy of Medicine Challenge Grand Prize Winner to expand the availability of advance directives.”

Carrie Mendoza, MD, FACEP, emergency medicine physician and judge for the Geneia Joy of Medicine Challenge commented, “As an emergency medicine physician, it’s not at all surprising to me that 100% of my colleagues said it is important to have an advance directive in case of emergency. Advance directives help improve satisfaction for patients, families, and physicians.”

The Geneia Joy of Medicine Twitter Chat – a monthly series which features physicians and healthcare leaders discussing ways to improve physician satisfaction – continues on Tuesday, October 27 from 7:00 – 7:30 pm Eastern. This month’s guest, Hashim Zaidi, MD, the Joy of Medicine Challenge Grand Prize Winner, will discuss his work to improve timely physician access to advance directives.