The AMA'S STEPS Forward™
Innovative strategies for physicians and their staff in the new health environment.
The AMA's STEPS Forward™ practice transformation series is a collection of interactive, educational modules developed by physicians to help physicians address common practice challenges and to achieve the quadruple aim of:
1/Better patient experience
2/Better population health
3/Lower overall costs
4/Improved professional satisfaction
The real-world strategies, tools and resources presented in AMA STEPS Forward ™ are based on the key insights of the AMA-RAND Study on Physician Professional Satisfaction, "Factors affecting physician professional satisfaction and their implications for patient care, health systems and health policy."
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Physician Professional Satisfaction
AMA-RAND STUDY on Factors Affecting Physician Professional Satisfaction and Their Implications for Patient Care, Health Systems, and Health Policy
One of the AMA's core strategic objectives is to advance health care delivery and payment models that enable high quality, affordable care and restore and preserve physician professional satisfaction. Such changes could yield a more sustainable and effective health care system with highly motivated physicians. To that end, the AMA asked the RAND corporation to identify the factors that lead to physician satisfaction.
at a glance
What factors influence physician professional satisfaction?Q:
What are the implications of these factors for patient care, health systems, and health policy?
- The importance of delivering high-quality care
- The promise and challenges of electronic health records
- The value of income stability and fairness
- The cumulative burden of regulations
The AMA-RAND study highlights major contributors to higher professional satisfaction, including: providing high-quality patient care, autonomy over day-to-day work and sharing values with practice leadership. Major contributors to lower professional satisfaction are also highlighted, including perceived barriers to delivering high-quality care such as ineffective electronic health records (EHRs).