Author Affiliation: RAND Corporation, Division of General Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.
There are good reasons to improve job satisfaction in primary care. First, patient access to primary care services is suboptimal. Patients report greater difficulty finding new primary care physicians (PCPs) than finding new specialists, and increasing the supply of PCPs is one potential solution to this problem.1 If PCP job satisfaction improves, it seems logical that trainees who notice this improvement will be more likely to enter primary care careers. In addition, PCPs who are more satisfied with their jobs may be less likely to cut their hours, leave primary care for other medical fields, or quit medicine altogether.2,3
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