Report: Practices find ways to return joy to primary care

05/29/2013 | AAFP News Now

More than half of family physicians and general internists report symptoms of burnout linked to work demands, fragmented care and regulatory hassles, but 23 high-performing practices have adopted strategies that help return joy to primary care, according to a report in the Annals of Family Medicine. One practice completes lab work before a patient office visit, while another has expanded the role of its medical assistant. Improving teamwork and communication also helped practices save time and reduce physician hassles.

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