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Monday, October 20, 2014

SURVEY FINDS CLINICAL AUTONOMY THREATENED


Only 31 percent of U.S. physicians — and slightly fewer in Texas — say they are free to make what they consider to be the best decisions for their patients, according to The Physicians Foundation’s 2014 Survey of America’s Physicians. About 53 percent in both Texas and nationwide said they have some limitations in their clinical autonomy. But nearly 18 percent of Texas physicians and 15 percent of those across the country said, “My decisions often are compromised.” TMA and The Physicians Foundation are working to educate the public and policymakers on both the causes and the implications of this troubling trend so that we can begin to reverse it.

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