The Wrong People to Ask About Physician Burnout

Medical Economics just published an article about physician burnout but they got lazy and asked the same people who get interviewed every time. It is so annoying. You can read the article here. Can someone please share my thoughts on this?

Here is my favorite example in the piece:

“There are hundreds of different things you can measure to assess quality,” says Bohman. “So we asked our physicians, ‘what do you think are the things that have the most impact on patients, that improve clinical outcomes the most?’” 

UHA is starting with 11 quality metrics that include common ones such as smoking cessation, depression screening and blood pressure control. 

Bryan Bohman, MD, is founder and former director of the Stanford Medicine WellMD Center, and chief medical officer for University HealthCare Alliance, a network of medical practices affiliated with Stanford University. Great job, Bryan. So the answer to fixing burnout is focusing on “starting with 11 quality metrics”? Brilliant! Let’s use unproven metrics to make doctors’ lives easier. And 11 is the starting point.

They also use Christine Sinsky, MD, an internist and vice president of professional satisfaction for the AMA. Who is she? It turns out that she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the ABIM Foundation and a director of the American Board of Internal Medicine. This is the same organizations found to be corrupt by Wes Fisher MDDr. Conrad also wrote about them two years ago. How has their work succeeded? It has been two years and….nothing.

The same people who got us into this mess are the ones being asked how to fix it. How ironic. How convenient. How sad.

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