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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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] 

  7 comments for “The Wrong People to Ask About Physician Burnout

  1. Martha Oreilly
    January 21, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    Where can I press-ganey this pack of thieves and liars? AMA NBPAS ACP do NOTHING to protect boots on the ground physicians. And dammit our fees pay their salaries!! They need us and we don’t need them. Go to NBPAS and get involved.

  2. Bill Ameen, MD
    January 21, 2019 at 11:06 am

    I left this issue at the medical school where I mentor students at a free clinic. To a couple of the seniors I said something to the effect that “I don’t intend to poison the well…but you should know ahead of your residency training what practicing doctors go through.” Awfully hard to dissuade them at this level of their education. They can’t ALL go into dermatology…

  3. PW
    January 21, 2019 at 10:51 am

    “They also use Christine Sinsky, MD, an internist and vice president of professional satisfaction for the AMA.”

    Considering a majority of doctors aren’t professionally satisfied, I’d say she’s doing a sh**ty job.

    • RSW
      January 21, 2019 at 12:31 pm

      How many quality metrics do you think she’s being measured on in that position?

  4. RSW
    January 21, 2019 at 9:46 am

    Sinsky is a true force for evil in the world of medicine.

  5. Pat
    January 21, 2019 at 9:14 am

    These clowns are as incestuous, redundant, and unimaginative as the media. Same failed thoughts, same slogans, same lack of insight, same lack of candor, same, same, same…

    • RSW
      January 21, 2019 at 12:38 pm

      Who thinks that Dr. Sinsky, AMA VP for professional satisfaction, is going to tell Dr. Sinsky ABIM Foundation Chair, no less, that board recertification and MOC are huge problems for practicing physicians and need to be changed and/or eliminated immediately?

      These people are disgusting.

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