Taking the pulse on how physicians and patients feel

Two core biennial studies help the Physicians Foundation continuously take the pulse on how physicians and their patients feel about the health care system as it continues to evolve. Review current and past results to better understand the real impact of health care reform and systemic changes.


The Physicians Foundation 2022 Physician Survey: Part 1

March 22, 2022
The Physicians Foundation’s Part One of Three: 2022 Survey of America’s Physicians examines the current impact of social drivers of health (SDOH) on physician practice, physician wellbeing and their patients as well as possible solutions needed to address SDOH.

The Physicians Foundation 2021 Physician Survey: COVID-19 Impact Edition: A Year Later

August 5, 2021
The Physicians Foundation’s 2021 Survey of America’s Physicians sought to understand the breadth of COVID-19’s impact on physicians, and their patients, colleagues and practices.

The Physicians Foundation 2020 Physician Survey: COVID-19 Impact Executive Summary 

December 14, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our entire health care system. In particular, our nation’s physicians have been stretched like never before. With nearly half (49%) of U.S. physicians believing COVID-19 won’t be under control until after June 1, 2021, America is experiencing a prolonged period of uncertainty and turmoil. Physicians are living through a historical shift in the way they practice and deliver care to patients. Not only is the delivery of care changing, but those delivering the care are also under more pressure than ever. Now is an opportunity for policymakers to rebuild a system with physicians and patients in mind.

The Physicians Foundation 2020 Physician Survey: Part 3

October 22, 2020
The 2020 Survey of America’s Physicians: COVID-19 And The Future Of The Health Care System finds that when asked to rank their preferences for the future direction of the U.S. health care system, physicians ranked a two-tiered system featuring a single payer option plus private pay as the best direction.

The Physicians Foundation 2020 Physician Survey: Part 2

September 17, 2020
The 2020 Survey of America’s Physicians: COVID-19’s Impact on Physician Wellbeing finds that nearly 1 in 4 physicians (22%) know a physician who committed suicide and the majority (58%) express feelings of burnout. The survey is the second in the Foundation’s three-part series, 2020 Survey of America’s Physicians, examining how COVID-19 is affecting and is perceived by the nation’s physicians.

The Physicians Foundation 2020 Physician Survey: Part 1

August 18, 2020
The 2020 Survey of America’s Physicians finds that the majority of physicians believe COVID-19 won’t be under control until January 2021, with nearly half not seeing the virus being under control until after June 1, 2021. Furthermore, a majority of physicians believe that the virus will severely impact patient health outcomes due to delayed routine care during the pandemic.

The Physicians Foundation 2019 Patient Survey

October 22, 2019
The 2019 Survey of America’s Patients reveals the biggest hurdles facing Americans today in our country’s expensive and hard to navigate health care system. One year out from the 2020 presidential election, the survey finds that health care costs weigh heavily on Americans’ minds and that current presidential candidates are unclear about what patients want.

The Physicians Foundation 2018 Physician Survey

September 18, 2018
The survey of nearly 9,000 U.S. physicians across the country examines the impact of poverty on health care outcomes, practice patterns, career plans, how physicians are responding to the opioid crisis and perspectives of today’s physicians.

The Physicians Foundation 2017 Patient Survey

October 4, 2017
A new patient survey of more than 1,700 U.S. adults found that 95 percent are currently satisfied with their primary care physician, but only 11 percent feel they have enough time with their physicians.

The Physicians Foundation 2016 Physician Survey

September 21, 2016
A survey of more than 17,000 U.S. physicians found that they continue to struggle to maintain morale levels, adapt to changing delivery and payment models, and provide patients with reasonable access to care.

The Physicians Foundation 2016 Patient Survey

May 17, 2016
A new patient survey, released by the Physicians Foundation in May 2016, found that nine out of 10 U.S. adults report high levels of satisfaction with their primary care physician. However, patients cite increasing concern and frustration with their ability.

2014 Survey of American Physicians: Practice Patterns and Perspectives

September 16, 2014
Every two years, the Physicians Foundation conducts a national survey of physicians to provide policy makers, health care influencers, media and other stakeholders insights into the state of the medical profession and the most pressing challenges facing the U.S. health care system.

2012 Consumer Survey

October 17, 2012
New Survey Finds Nearly 80 Percent of U.S. Patients “Extremely or Very Satisfied” With Primary Care Physician Visit

2012 Survey of America’s Physicians

September 21, 2012
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 health care. The survey examines physician morale, practice patterns, patient accessibility and career plans.