N.H. Medical Society Releases 2013 Physician Opinion Survey

For Immediate Release – September 30, 2013 

 

CONCORD – Today, P. Travis Harker, MD, MPH, president of the New Hampshire Medical Society and a family physician in Concord, released the results of a comprehensive survey of physicians that was commissioned by the Medical Society in conjunction with the UNH Survey Center.   

Survey results revealed that four of the top five policy and political issues for New Hampshire physicians are patient-centered.  Improving access to mental health services and engaging in end-of-life care, Medicaid expansion, gun safety and medical malpractice reform, emerged as the most important issues in the survey.   

“As physicians, we play an important role in shaping the future of healthcare policy, and the results indicate that the Medical Society’s mission --to bring together physicians to advocate for the well being of our patients, for our profession and for the betterment of the public health  -- maintains its relevancy,” Dr. Harker said.   

“We continue to seek a clearer understanding of the diverse physician opinions regarding public health, patient care, the environment and our healthcare system,” added Dr. Harker.  

The survey revealed 91% physician satisfaction with patient care and the practice of medicine.  More than half of the respondents indicated that electronic medical records (EMR) improve patient care and care management, but at the same time, more than half believe that EMR interferes with their ability to serve patients. 

“It was very heartening to learn that so many physicians still find deep satisfaction in their profession,” said Scott Colby, N.H. Medical Society’s executive vice president. “With the multitude of changes in our healthcare system, the demands on our physicians have never been greater.”    

The survey was structured to learn more about the state’s physician community, including issues of importance, legislative priorities, level of satisfaction in the profession, opinions about the Affordable Care Act, opinions about electronic health records, etc.   

Medical Society members and non-member physicians were asked to complete the survey to provide guidance for the Society’s healthcare policy decisions and priorities. With almost 3,000 physicians contacted, the Medical Society saw a 20% response rate, making the results statistically valid. 

The survey and report are posted on the NHMS website at:
www.nhms.org/content/reports-strategic-plans-surveys

The satisfaction results of this survey appear to be consistent with the Massachusetts Medical Society’s 2013 Physician Workforce Study (www.massmed.org/workforce2013); 77% of Massachusetts physicians find their careers in medicine rewarding.      

 

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Established in 1791 by an act of the New Hampshire Legislature, the New Hampshire Medical Society is a voluntary physician organization with more than 2,200 members representing approximately 60% of the state’s practicing physicians.  The society advocates for patients, physicians and public health.