New Year, New Practice, New You
January 28, 2019
What is your #1 resolution for this year? Is it to exercise more? Save money? Have more balance? Whatever you’ve chosen, it’s likely rooted in the desire to become a better version of yourself.
As physicians, often the last lives you strive to improve are your own. You sacrifice time, energy, and yes, even your own health to ensure that your patients are living their best lives. By attempting to “do-it-all”, two major consequences occur.
- Unhealthy Doctors. In what sounds like an oxymoron, research reveals that many doctors today aren’t practicing what they preach. Over 75% of doctors report not getting enough sleep or exercise, citing their workload as cause. 60% say that their job prevents them from making smart food choices. What is perhaps the most astounding statistic – over half of all doctors are overweight or obese. This isn’t just a personal disservice either; doctors who ‘walk the talk’ are more likely to inspire patients to make lifestyle changes that improve their health.
- Diminished Quality of Care. Though physicians are working harder than ever to help patients, quality of care is diminishing. A recent survey found that most doctors (a staggering 83%) are juggling so many tasks and spread so thin, that they are unable to spend enough time with their patients. This led to 54% of physicians writing prescriptions or referring patients to specialists due to time constraints. Doctors simply cannot provide the most effective level of personalized care with the modern-day workload. With barely enough time in the day to see sick visits, physicians can only hope to also provide quality preventive and lifestyle care.
Some of the causes of these barriers to better healthcare are:
- A high-pressure work environment
- Work stress negatively impacting life
- Too much paperwork
- Modern technologies such as electronic medical records
- Long work hours
The current healthcare climate shifts physicians’ focus away from the most important part of the job: the doctor-patient relationship. Some are ready to throw in the towel altogether, as 41% of primary care doctors say they have “seriously contemplated” quitting medicine due to the stress of the job.
Physicians everywhere are choosing alternative healthcare models to increase their work-life balance, personalized care, and overall happiness in their job. Cypress can help you
commit to a resolution of improvement in your job and personal life by assisting with the transition to a membership medicine model. This concierge-style model allows for more time with patients, better personalized care, and a way to get back to loving your career.