"We live on an island surrounded by a sea of ignorance. As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance." - John Archibald Wheeler, eminent American theoretical physicist

Earlier this year, NHMS conducted a survey to learn more about you, what is important to you, and what you think should be priorities for NHMS. We had a great response and learned the following:

  • More than half of you practice within a hospital or health system, 21% are in an individual group practice, and 15% are self-employed.
  • More than 80% of you use electronic health records.
  • For those younger than 40, 87% believe that EHRs improve patient care and a majority think they improve efficiency.
  • Those of you older than 40 are split on how much EHRs improve care and 65% indicated that they make them less efficient.

Despite the challenges we face in practicing medicine today, 91% of respondents find direct patient care activities deeply satisfying. This is in contrast to Massachusetts, where 77% find their careers in medicine rewarding. MMS Report

The New Hampshire physician satisfaction advantage is even greater when you consider national data from the Physicians Foundation, which showed that only 39% find the practice of medicine satisfying. I count myself very fortunate to practice in New Hampshire.

While N.H. physicians tend to be more satisfied than the rest of the country, we still care deeply about issues facing us and are interested in taking action on them. Our tagline is "Advocating for Physicians and Public Health since 1791," and the issues you care about fit solidly within these domains.

As you might have predicted, malpractice and pursuing a no-fault liability system remain important issues, as they directly affect us as physicians. Other issues that you care about focus on our public health. Improving access to mental health services and Medicaid expansion were top public health priorities. Among members, increasing the tobacco tax was very important; among non-members, addressing developmental disabilities in education was strongly supported. There was a mix of issues that were prominent in the news this year, and some that were in need of attention. Finally, many of you felt that NHMS should take action to improve end-of-life care and increase regulations on the possession of firearms, including universal background checks.

It is so vitally important for us to know how you are feeling but it is even more critical for you to join in the work as we try to address together all the issues that were raised by you in the survey.  While we have increased our knowledge of what is important to you we have much to learn about how we can best address these important issues.  

Please take a look at the survey (http://www.nhms.org/content/reports-strategic-plans-surveys) in its entirety and join in the work!   

On Thursday 10/17 from 6:00-8:00 PM you can join us at the Violence and Public Health committee inaugural meeting in Concord as we look to how the NHMS can reduce violence in our society.

 

Please send your questions or comments to president@nhms.org or post a comment below.