Survey Shows Increased Cardiac Issues Due to Economic Downturn


October 8, 2009

October 8, 2009 – In a recent survey of more than 2,000 U.S. physicians conducted by Epocrates Inc., cardiologists and other specialists shared their perspective on the latest patient visit trends and mobile technology use. With patient visits highly affected by the economy, and the use of technology growing among cardiologists, the company said.

The survey found one in three cardiologists have seen more stress-related cases due to the economy. Nearly 70 percent of the physicians responding to the survey said they have seen an increase in cardiac issues related to stress due to the economic downturn. Due to the economic crisis, more than 85 percent of cardiologists have seen a rise in patients asking for lower cost prescriptions, and more than 65 percent of cardiologists have changed prescriptions based on electronic formulary information.

Nearly all specialists surveyed saw about 30 percent fewer patients in the first half of 2009, and attribute it to the economic downturn. Gastroenterologists and OBGYN physicians report the most decrease.

The survey also found cardiologists and gastroenterologists are the most satisfied with their career choice, but primary care and OBGYN physicians are least satisfied.

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