Locum Tenens: The Solution for Physician Burnout

Monday, March 28, 2016
Demand for primary care services is projected to grow, mostly due to population aging and growth. Communities around the country are already experiencing doctor shortages. A 2015 study conducted for the Association of American Medical Colleges predicts that by the end of 2025, the United States will face a shortage of between 46,000 - 90,000 physicians. There will be shortages in both primary and specialty care, and specialty shortages will be particularly large.

National Staffing Solutions
has been the solution to this shortage for many facilities across the nation. Our team assigns contractors to areas that are in need of help. This is the nature of locum tenens - filling a position for up to 13 weeks in an area. Overworked medical professionals with high physician to patient ratios can lead to "burnout". This impacts the accuracy of their diagnosis and the emotional state of these physicians providing care. The infographic below breaks down the causes of "burnout", benefits of locum tenens, and other highlights for this alternative career path for medical professionals.
Locum Tenens: A Solution for Physician Burnout Infographic


Shanafelt TD, Boone S, Tan L, et al. Burnout and Satisfaction With Work-Life Balance Among US Physicians
     Relative to the General US Population. Arch Intern Med.2012;172(18):1377-1385.

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