Earlier this year, OBHG conducted a survey to gain a deeper understanding of the perceptions, trends and shifting priorities among OB clinicians nationwide. The survey was distributed to more than 20,000 OB/GYNs across the country. Nearly 1,130 physicians responded.
Our new report, “The Future of Obstetrics Industry Survey Report,” summarizes the key findings. In sharing the results with industry leaders and OB/GYNs, we hope that the knowledge gained from the survey will help drive positive change in elevating the standard of care for pregnant and postpartum patients.
Key findings include:
- Younger OB/GYNs are looking for more stability and work-life balance through employed vs. independent practices, and many of them do not have a choice in where their patients deliver.
- When OB/GYNs have a choice in where they send their patients, high-risk support and on-site coverage are the two primary factors in their decision-making.
- While the models and services vary, 24/7 in-house coverage models – through OB hospitalist models or residency programs – are growing in prevalence, particularly the outsourced OB hospitalist model.
- Nursing shortages and education on labor and delivery are major concerns for physicians when it comes to patient safety.
- OB/GYNs are also concerned about the national trends in maternal mortalities and gaps in access to care.
- The next five years will see an increase in sub-specialization within the OB/GYN specialty and increased use of mid-levels for care; telehealth will also continue to play an increasing role in patient care.
“Concerns about physician support, providing care, staffing, maternal mortality, and costs demonstrate there are multifaceted concerns with providing care in these unprecedented times,” said OBHG Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Mark Simon. “Partnering with the Ob Hospitalist Group alleviates some of these issues, but the report findings highlight considerations for additional measures that could be taken to support optimal patient health outcomes.”
To read the full report, click here.