Engagement and productivity are key when it comes to primary care physicians. The primary care physicians (PCPs) who work independently or are partners in a small practice have been proven to be more productive when compared to the ones that work as employees.
The 'Engagement' Study for PCPsA recent study was conducted with 1,029 participants to examine the level of capability they experienced at their workplace. Their capability was determined by various factors such as their understanding of whether or not they have the right tools and equipment, resources, and ability to properly care for their patients. Engagement is factored by the willingness to go above and beyond at their workplace and the desire to stay with their respective organizations. It was found that primary care physicians who owned their own practice or were partners in one were reported to be more than ten percent engaged in their work than the physicians who held jobs. Independent owners or partners also felt significantly more engaged in their work than their employed counterparts.
The Productivity FrontThere are various methods that have been developed to assess the productivity of healthcare professionals. This evaluates their working hours logged in and compares it to the amount of value created in that time. The situation is nearly the same when it comes to productivity in PCPs. The practitioners who are owners or partners are shown to be over fifteen percent more productive in their work. The ones who work in healthcare systems generate a significantly lower amount of productivity while working.
The Burnout FactorPhysician burnout is the frequency of feelings of emotional exhaustion that a doctor may feel. The higher the frequency, the higher the chances of having a burnout. This also includes feelings of depersonalization at work. In this case, the numbers flip slightly. PCPs employed by independent practices suffer from the least amount of burnout. The ones who are owners or partners at these independent practices are rated slightly higher on the burnout scale. The physicians who are employed in healthcare systems still have the highest chances of burnouts, though.
Possible Reasons for Differences between PCP GroupsThe study does not delve into the reasons for why this big divide exists between the three PCP groups - namely, owners and partners, working under independent practices, and employed in the health system - but there are a few possible theories of connection between the workplace and capabilities of these physicians. One such theory is the connection you feel towards the place you work at. There is a high chance of feeling less engaged with your work if you are only an employee. If you own the practice or are working in a close-knit group, the situation changes. You become more involved in the processes, and as a result, end up feeling more connected. This leads to a rise in engagement levels. When there is a personal stake involved, you are likely to be more productive and focused.
- Independent practice owners and partners feel more engaged than the primary care physicians who work in a healthcare system
- Productivity is higher in owners and partners of the medical practice than their employed counterparts
- Burnouts are experienced most by those who are employed at a healthcare system, then by owners and partners at their practice and the least by PCPs who work at independent practices
- The connection one feels towards their workplace may have an impact on their capability at work