Is Primary Care the Best and Worst Job in Medicine?

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About one-third of U.S. and U.K. primary care physicians are dissatisfied with their jobs, recent Commonwealth Fund survey findings show. Primary care physicians in both nations say they’re having a hard time managing their sickest and most complex patients, using health information technology, and coordinating care outside office settings.

To help uncover some of the day-to-day challenges primary care doctors face, Harvard Medical School's Gordon Moore, M.D., interviewed nearly two dozen doctors in a variety of practice settings in the U.S. and the U.K. A new Commonwealth Fund feature article by Brian Schilling draws from those interviews to reveal the joys and frustrations of primary care. It also discusses changes under way that could have profound effects on primary care in the two countries.

 


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