Overall Physician Engagement Declined in 2011: Physicians Give Hospitals Better Scores on Effort than Execution

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Morehead Associates announces the release of "The State of Staff Physician Engagement: 2011 in Review" whitepaper.

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Morehead Associates announces the release of "The State of Staff Physician Engagement: 2011 in Review" whitepaper.

Based on 1.4 million survey responses from hospital-employed physicians in 2011, Morehead's annual report reveals a statistically significant decrease in physician engagement compared to 2010. Regression analysis revealed nine key drivers of physician engagement, with hospital-sponsored continuing medical education (CME) appearing on the key driver list for the first time.

"As hospital employment of physicians continues to grow, the links between physician engagement and outcomes like patient satisfaction, safety, quality, and financial growth become more important," says Morehead's Senior Vice President of Science and Research, Barbara Reilly, PhD. "This year, we see physicians rating hospital administration's efforts more highly than their execution on strategic initiatives, with efficient cooperation between departments continuing to be a low-scoring area."

Morehead's national healthcare database includes physician and employee engagement data from hundreds of thousands of U.S. healthcare workers, including those at 45% of U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals, and four Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipients. Morehead recently released their annual report on employee engagement, "The State of Employee Engagement: 2011 in Review," which is also available for download at MoreheadAssociates.com.

About Morehead:
Morehead is a market leader in providing surveys, research, and consulting services to the healthcare industry for the purpose of creating an engaged workforce. Morehead has more than 30 years experience and offers products and expertise built on robust data and norms from their substantial client base of hospitals and healthcare systems. The Charlotte based company is known for its superior customer service and partnerships with clients nationwide. Morehead's focus is helping clients drive quality-focused, cost-effective, and patient-centered healthcare through an engaged workforce.

For more information, visit http://www.MoreheadAssociates.com or stay connected with Morehead via the Morehead Blog (http://www.MoreheadAssociates.com/blog)

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