Distribution of U.S. physicians' opinions on the future of medical professions from 2012 to 2016

Opinion on the future of the medical profession among U.S. physicians 2012-2016 This survey depicts the percent distribution of U.S. physicians' opinions about the future of the medical profession from 2012 to 2016. In 2014, some 40 percent of surveyed physicians felt somewhat negative/pessimistic about the future state of the medical profession.
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201220142016
Very positive/optimistic3.1%10.2%6.8%
Somewhat positive/optimistic19.5%38.7%30.4%
Somewhat negative/pessimistic45.9%39.5%41.4%
Very negative/pessimistic31.5%11.6%21.4%
201220142016
Very positive/optimistic3.1%10.2%6.8%
Somewhat positive/optimistic19.5%38.7%30.4%
Somewhat negative/pessimistic45.9%39.5%41.4%
Very negative/pessimistic31.5%11.6%21.4%
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This survey depicts the percent distribution of U.S. physicians' opinions about the future of the medical profession from 2012 to 2016. In 2014, some 40 percent of surveyed physicians felt somewhat negative/pessimistic about the future state of the medical profession.
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Release date
September 2016
Region
United States
Survey time period
2012 to 2016
Number of respondents
17,236 respondents
Special properties
in all 50 states
Method of interview
Online survey
Supplementary notes
Original question: "Which best describes how you feel about the future of the medical profession?"

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