Healthcare Industry Trends Affecting Physicians and Their Practices


The Physicians Foundation researches and maps the key trends and changes facing physician and their practices in order to help them deliver quality care to their patients. As the healthcare industry continues to evolve, the Foundation is finding that many physicians feel immense pressure to leave their current practice setting and either move into larger groups or to become employed by hospital systems. These types of trends are critical to understand as shifts in employment settings and practice trends will play a substantial role in shaping the future of healthcare delivery in America.


Research and Analysis of Physician Practice Trends


A core pillar of the Foundation is to identify and explore macro physician practice trends, forecast the changes and deliver analyses to help guide physicians toward a sustainable future for themselves and the healthcare industry as a whole.

The Physicians Foundation conducted one of the largest physician surveys ever undertaken in the U.S. to provide doctors with a clear voice on the most pressing issues facing our nation regarding the delivery of healthcare. The survey examines physician morale, practice patterns, patient accessibility and career plans. Comprehensive Survey of 13,575 U.S. Physicians Points Toward Substantial Challenges for Patient...

A white paper was created for The Physicians Foundation by Jeff Goldsmith, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Public Health Sciences University of Virginia, in order to define the current state of medical practice and forecast possible future strategies to ensure vital and responsive physician services in the U.S. Read the report here.

The Physicians Foundation identified five key healthcare industry issues and areas that will impact the practice of medicine in the year ahead. Read the full press release here.

Results of a national survey released in 2009 by The Physicians Foundation illustrated widespread frustration among primary care physicians nationwide over the state of their medical practices – and underscored their concerns regarding an escalating shortage of primary care physicians.  The survey examined the causes and trends behind the doctors’ dissatisfaction, how the state of their practices is shifting...