The Larry A. Green Center / Primary Care Collaborative Clinician Survey

  • 15 Sep 2021

Rhode Island providers continue to participate in the Larry A. Green Center / Primary Care Collaborative Clinician Survey. These surveys are fielded nationally to better understand response to COVID-19 and capacity of primary care practices across the country. This information is compiled and used to inform key national leaders. Outlined below are some key messages from the August 13 – August 17 (Series 30) RI-specific clinician survey results with these additional details in the link:
  • RI providers are unable to hire staff for open positions (79% vs 54% nationally).
  • RI providers have seen a rise in mental health issues among children (e.g., depression, anxiety, ADHD) (79% vs 65% nationally).
  • RI providers are constantly worried about the poor mental health of practice members (67% vs 53% nationally).
  • COVID-19 is again surging in my area and I don’t know if I can take it. (59% vs 50% nationally).
  • RI providers personally know primary care clinicians who have retired early or left practice because of the pandemic (59% vs 45% nationally) and primary care practices that have closed during the pandemic (56% vs 29% nationally).
  • Only 18% of RI providers feel their practice is financially healthy (vs 26% nationally).
  • RI providers are experiencing the following with vaccine hesitancy:
    • Conversations with vaccine-hesitant patients take several minutes (85% vs 80% nationally).
    • For most vaccine-hesitant patients, it’s a gut or political opinion that cannot be changed (68% vs 67% nationally).
    • 2-3 conversations are needed to change the mind of vaccine-hesitant people (56% vs 52% nationally).
    • For most vaccine hesitant patients, education on the issues can make a difference (44% vs 26% nationally).
  • Use of telehealth has been essential to maintaining access to patients say 71% of RI providers (compared to 64% nationally); however, if pre-COVID telehealth regulations are restored, practices will not be able to provide telehealth services (47% vs 41% nationally).
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