Continuity and access in the era of part-time practice
Bodenheimer T, Haq C, Lehmann W. Continuity and Access in the Era of Part-Time Practice. Ann Fam Med. 2018;16(4):359-360. doi: 10.1370/afm.2267
The number of physicians seeing patients part time is growing, an evolution that challenges the primary care pillars of continuity and access. The growth of part-time practice is a response to burnout and to the pressures facing primary care physicians. Physicians who work fewer clinical hours and thereby reduce burnout are more satisfied with their careers, less likely to leave their jobs, and provide a better patient experience. Primary care practices can make a number of adjustments to optimize continuity and access in this era of part-time practice. Moreover, physicians who work fewer clinical hours are equally capable of fostering trusting relationships with patients as physicians seeing patients full time.