Views of U.S. physicians on most satisfying factors in medical practice 2008-2018

This survey shows the percent distribution of opinions among U.S. physicians about the two most satisfying factors in the medical profession from 2008 to 2018. In 2018, 55 percent of surveyed physicians listed intellectual stimulation as one of the most satisfying factors about medical practice. Many physicians in the United States are changing from an independent practice owner to an employee. Most continue to experience high pressures to keep up with demands for their services and suggest that new physicians must be trained to prevent shortages.

Distribution of U.S. physicians' opinions about most satisfying factors in medical practice from 2008 to 2018

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Release date

September 2018


United States

Survey time period

2008 to 2018

Number of respondents

17,236 respondents

Special properties

in all 50 states

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Original question: "What two factors do you find most satisfying about medical practice?"
Figures for 2008 were taken from the previous year's report.

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