Edward Volpintesta, MD
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Volpintesta E. Is Primary Care Practice Sustainable?. Ann Intern Med. 2016;164:570. doi: 10.7326/L15-0591
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2016;164(8):570.
TO THE EDITOR:
In her essay on the sustainability of primary care practice, Montecalvo (1) described the very real challenges and difficulties facing primary care physicians today.
Her rendering of the nonmedical chores (I prefer to call them “drudgery chores”) of primary care truthfully describes why most primary care physicians are dissatisfied and demoralized and are either burned out or close to it. Her solution is simple—pay primary care physicians for the distracting and time-consuming tasks demanded of them so that they can reduce their patient load and thus make it more manageable. The results will be that the numerous distractions and interruptions to workflow will lessen and primary care physicians can have more time for their patients and lead more satisfactory professional and personal lives.
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