Clinical Face Time Now 29%


Here is what the job of being a physician has come to:

  • During office hours, physicians spent 27% of their time providing direct clinical face time to patients
  • Physicians also spend almost 50% of their time on electronic health records and desk work during the day in addition to an extra 1 to 2 hours each night during their personal time
  • Fifty-four percent of U.S. physicians experience some sign of burnout, an increase from 46% in 3 years

We let this happen.  Now we need a revolution to take it back. Direct Primary Care is that revolution!

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  5 comments for “Clinical Face Time Now 29%

  1. Bridget Reidy
    September 17, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    And the study doesn’t even mention how much of that 29% is inauthentic, ie not what either the patient or the doctor is concerned about, like stuff to fulfill 1995 guidelines for reimbursement or all the new crap.

  2. Hawgguy
    September 11, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    That could be me… Right down to the carpal-tunnel-inducing position of the keyboard, 15 inch VGA monitor and non height adjustable stool. Do you think our CEO suffers with such a setup – get real. She uses a Mac with an ergonomic keyboard drawer along with a 27 inch monitor and Aero chair.

    • Bridget Reidy
      September 18, 2016 at 12:34 am

      It always amazes me that healthcare always has the worst ergonomics! You can tell from EMR design that the programmers have no idea what we do, and from workspace design that people think we must just stand around exam tables and beds all the time like they do on TV.

  3. September 11, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Now there’s an ergonomic workspace! Except not.

  4. Randy
    September 11, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Not sure if that exam room wallpaper is the result or the cause of physician burnout.

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