News | September 24, 2015

Geneia Survey: 80% Of Physicians Say Experiencing Joy In The Practice Of Medicine Is Increasingly Harder

Invites Doctors & Healthcare Leaders to Join Conversation to Restore the Joy of Medicine

Geneia, a company of experienced change agents creating analytic and technology solutions to improve healthcare, recently released findings from its nationwide survey of 400 physicians and invited physicians, clinicians, and healthcare leaders to join the conversation about how to restore the Joy of Medicine.

The survey found that the Joy of Medicine is rooted in physicians’ pride in their abilities and the opportunity to establish quality interactions with the patients they treat. Despite the patient relationship being identified as a strong contributor to experiencing joy in the practice of medicine, an overwhelming majority say that those relationships are highly difficult to attain:

  • 88% say spending time developing an authentic engagement with each patient is increasingly harder to realize.
  • 81% say focusing fully on patient needs, treatments, and methods is increasingly harder to actualize.
  • 79% say it’s become harder to develop intimate professional relationships with patients in their care.

“At Geneia, we continue to be deeply troubled by the depths of physician dissatisfaction,” said Heather Lavoie, Geneia’s President & Chief Operating Officer. “That’s why we are building upon the momentum created by the Geneia Joy of Medicine Challenge and initiating a monthly Twitter chat with physicians and other healthcare stakeholders who are working to bring back the Joy of Medicine. We invite physicians, clinicians, leaders of healthcare organizations, patients, and their loved ones to join the conversation.”

The monthly #JoyofMedicine Twitter Chat series begins on Tuesday, September 29, 7:00 – 7:30 pm Eastern, and continues the last Tuesday of every month. On September 29, Geneia is hosting Christine A. Sinsky, MD, FACP, Vice President, Professional Satisfaction, American Medical Association, Internist, Medical Associates Clinic and Health Plans in Dubuque, IA (@christinesinsky), for a discussion about the Quadruple Aim and simple but proven ways to improve physician satisfaction.

Earlier this year, Geneia revealed that the nationwide Physician Misery Index is 3.7 out of 5, indicating that scales are tippling from satisfaction to misery, and that 67% of physicians know a peer who is likely to stop practicing medicine in the next five years as the result of burnout. Since then, Geneia has been collaborating with physicians and healthcare organizations across the country to restore physician satisfaction and bring back the Joy of Medicine.

About Geneia
Geneia specializes in the development of advanced clinical, analytical, and technical solutions for healthcare. Our dedicated team of physicians, nurses, technologists, analytics experts, and business professionals brings significant experience in all aspects of healthcare to create solutions that improve healthcare cost, quality, and accessibility. Geneia helps hospitals, physicians, health plans, brokers, employers, and consumers succeed in the post healthcare reform environment. The company has offices in Harrisburg, PA, Manchester, NH, and Nashville, TN. For more information, visit

Source: Geneia