Infectious disease specialist Dr. Abigail Zuger muses in her December 10th NYTimes essay about how to calculate the number of patients doctors can see in one day--and still deliver high-quality, compassionate care.
"Then there is also a growing list of potential problems to investigate: hidden addiction, domestic violence, failure to wear bicycle helmets and many more. Running that complete checklist for each patient consumes an estimated seven hours a day."
Zuger offers no solutions, only concluding that physicians who see fewer patients per day likely deliver better care.
If interested, you can read my take on the time it takes to deliver high-quality care in my recent column in Oncology Times: Time Savers.