Budgets can force leaders to make difficult decisions, but one thing that shouldn’t be sacrificed are clinical informaticists, says Dirk Stanley, MD, who believes losing that expertise will end up costing much more in the long run.
There’s no doubt that social determinants of health are vital to patient health. What’s not so obvious is how clinicians can fit another set of questions or screening tools into the workflow, says Renee Broadbent.
When the root cause of physician burnout isn’t identified and addressed, the entire health system is placed at risk, says Lee Milligan, MD, who shares the highlights from a recent Tweetchat on the topic.
When it comes to topics like the opioid epidemic and physician burnout, even the most disturbing statistics can’t illustrate the impact – and the need for change – as effectively as hearing stories from those who are affected, says Kate Gamble.
The problem is clear: physicians face too many time pressures, and patients don’t feel they’re being heard during encounters. The solution is also clear, says CT Lin, and it involves better communication strategies.