Physician Dissatisfaction in the United States: An Examination


  • Francis J. Crosson American Medical Association
  • Lawrence P. Casalino Cornell Weill Medical College, New York



This paper addresses several root causes of dissatisfaction with medical practice among American physicians, and suggests that some, but not all, are potentially remediable. Fixed assumptions about the nature of medical practice in the United States, developed over several decades, appear to be eroding. At the same time, increasing demands on physician time, especially involving low value documentation and administrative tasks are interfering with the physician-patient interaction. In addition, physician practice structure and payment methodologies are beginning to change in the United States leading to a sense of practice instability among physicians. Recent research conducted by the American Medical Association and the RAND Corporation has provided new qualitative and quantitative information about the impact of these trends on physician practices. An evaluation of these research findings indicates that some improvements in physician satisfaction are possible.    

Keywords: physician professionalism, practice satisfaction, electronic health records, health care reform in the U.S.


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Crosson, F. J., & Casalino, L. P. (2015). Physician Dissatisfaction in the United States: An Examination. Professions and Professionalism, 5(1).

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